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USWP Partner Events at Stockholm World Water Week 2017

Sunday August 27

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Hydrological Monitoring Systems

Convener(s): Xylem Inc.

Room: FH 300

Description: This session will provide a description on global water monitoring infrastructure relative to the current needs and explore the challenges and solution of scaling up these systems. Finally, a platform for defining the next steps and avenues of collaboration will be discussed.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Data Drought: Opportunities and Limits to Water Pollution Regulations: Session I

Convener(s): International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Room: FH 300

Description: This session will explore why water quality impacted by point sources of pollution has frequently been controlled and managed using legislation and why water quality impacted by diffuse sources of pollution has been far less effective. Also, differing approaches will be discussed that can combat this discrepancy in water pollution management.

Understanding the Gender Dimension of Water and Waste: Session I

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 357

Description: The session will address the connection between equality issues, women’ ‘s concerns on around polluted water and (used) water treatment, and governance measures that can be taken. It will also touch on sludge management and the sex-disaggregated data collection concerning this topic.

Water in the Circular Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Convener(s): World Resources Institute

Room: FH 307

Description: This session will focus on overcoming challenges and tasking of advantages concerning the transition to a circular water economy. Other focuses concerning this topic will be the leverage and acceleration of innovation and applying collective action frameworks to mobilize stakeholders.

14:00-15:30

Innovations for the SDGs – the Young Professional’s Role

Convener(s): Engineers Without Borders International

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: This session will be an interactive and participatory 90 minutes to explore what innovative young professionals are doing in water and wastewater treatment, through TED style talks. Come prepared to contribute and advance issues that need real solutions.

Opportunities and Limits to Water Pollution Regulation: Session II

Convener(s): International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Room: FH 300

Description: CECs (contaminants of emerging concern e.g. pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, personal care products, nanomaterials) present a global water quality challenge with potentially serious threats to human health and ecosystems. This session will discuss policy responses given scientific advancement in identifying, monitoring, preventing and processing CECs.

Safely Managed Sanitation in Small Towns: Lessons from Recent Experiences

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH 307

Description: This participatory event will highlight and discuss the importance of small towns for meeting the sanitation SDGs, bringing together experiences from several small towns in developing countries and drawing lessons from both the achievements and challenges faced.

Understanding the Gender Dimension of Water and Waste: Session II

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 357

Description: A keynote on participation as the key to gender equality will be followed by group discussions on a range of practical experiences and tools that promote and support meaningful participation. This second session will aim to shift the water sector from being largely ‘gender neutral’ to fulfilling its potential for transformative change in the lives of women and men.

Water in the Circular Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Convener(s): World Resources Institute

Room: FH 202

Description: This session will focus on overcoming challenges and tasking of advantages concerning the transition to a circular water economy. Other focuses concerning this topic will be the leverage and acceleration of innovation and applying collective action frameworks to mobilize stakeholders.

16:00-16:45

The Freshwater Health Index: Participate in a Mini Assessment

Convener(s): Conservation International

Room: NL 253

Description: The Freshwater Health Index is a new tool developed by Conservation International and partners to help decision makers measure basin health in terms of ecosystem vitality, ecosystem services, and governance. This session is designed to demonstrate the Index’s applicability as a diagnostic and monitoring tool, but also as a mechanism for multi-stakeholder engagement and scenario planning. After introducing the tool, participants will be divided into small groups that will be guided through a portion of the Freshwater Health Index assessment process. Participants will also take part in an interactive weighting exercise similar to what basin stakeholders undertake in actual assessments.

16:00-17:30

Chain Reaction: Making Corporate Supply-Chains Work for WASH and SDGS

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL Pillar Hall/ Pelarsalen

Description: This session explores this potential, and new ways of stimulating far reaching action on sanitation and water which will build on existing stewardship practice. The results of new case study research, analysis of how WASH is handled in voluntary standards and an emerging strategy on innovative supply chain interventions will provide the basis for a working session and in-depth discussion.

From Global Policy to Local Project: Managing Water through NDCs

Convener(s): WaterAid, World Resources Institute

Room: NL Auditorium/ Aulan

Description: In 2015, the UNFCCC Paris Agreement was signed using Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as the country-level mechanism for climate mitigation targets, with the opportunity to also include climate adaptation needs. How can we ensure that the water necessary for clean energy, equitable transboundary management, robust adaptation and economic development, cities and sanitation, and resilient ecosystems reflects best practices as NDCs begin to crystallize from aspirations into projects? Here, we will discuss how global climate policy is reshaping both technical and political cooperation, synergies, and tensions between governance levels, sectors, policy areas, and countries.

Opportunities and Limits to Water Pollution Regulation: Session III

Convener(s): International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Room: FH 300

Description: This session will present a holistic view to pollution management from source-to-sea. Coordinated action is required to manage all sources of pollution within catchments and across sub-national jurisdictions and countries. Achieving water quality objectives requires policy alignment across sectors (infrastructure, agriculture, urban planning, climate) at different scales.

Safely Managed Sanitation in Small Towns: Key Challenges under Scrutiny

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: ---

Description: This session will bring together thought leaders and practice experts for in-depth discussions around the key challenges and opportunities in providing universal access to safely managed sanitation in small towns, covering issues such as decentralization, capacity building, service delivery models, policies, governance, partnerships, reuse and resource recovery. Participants will be engaged through group discussions on specific topics and a plenary conversation in a participatory setting, building on the key issues identified from field experiences in the first session.

Understanding the Gender Dimension of Water and Waste: Session III

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH 202

Description: This session seeks to explore and amalgamate tools and approaches for building enabling environments and empowerment to promote the on gender- inclusive management of water and wastewater. The deliberation will be through in ‘world café discussion’ mode style. Results from this session will contribute towards a framework for advocacy and action on gender- inclusive strategies for managing water and wastewater.

Water in the Circular Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Convener(s): World Resources Institute

Room: NL Music Hall/ Musiksalen

Description: This session will focus on overcoming challenges and tasking of advantages concerning the transition to a circular water economy. Other focuses concerning this topic will be the leverage and acceleration of innovation and applying collective action frameworks to mobilize stakeholders.

Monday August 28

13:30-14:00

#SIWISofa: Rethink Water. Reinvent Business.

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: --

Description: How can companies better understand the value of water to shift mindsets and practices from conservation to reuse? The partners behind the Water Risk Monetizer, industry’s first financial modeling tool to assess water-related risks in monetary terms, will discuss opportunities and challenges of operationalizing circular water management in business, with examples of how data and insights can help make the business case.

14:00-14:45

Why Women? Why Water? The Gap Inc. and USAID Alliance

Convener(s): United States Agency for International Development

Room: NL 253

Description: This session will focus on the new alliance between Gap Inc. and USAID for a discussion related to their new partnership, the Women + Water Alliance, which aims to improve and sustain the health and well-being of women and communities touched by the apparel industry. The Women + Water Alliance is USAID’s first water sector initiative to focus on women as change agents to improve water and sanitation services.

14:00-15:30

SDG-Synergies: Countries link WASH and Nutrition to Reduce Malnutrition

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 357

Description: During the session, Senior Public Officials from these countries will share their successes, and learnings, in advancing these WASH-Nutrition linkages. The event is designed for Government officials, civil society representatives, donors, and academics, from the WASH or Nutrition spheres, who will be given ample time to pose questions

15:00-15:45

The Colorado River Basin Study: Collaborative Solutions to Water Sustainability

Convener(s): Bureau of Reclamation, US Department of State, US Water Partnership

Room: NL 253

Description: Reclamation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Water Partnership, will showcase Reclamation’s innovative WaterSMART Basin Studies Program, highlighting the program in the Colorado River Basin, including a discussion on cost-sharing with non-Federal partners, projecting future supply and demand by river basin, managing a transboundary watershed, and conducting a trade-off analysis of various adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Experience Different Perspectives on the Urban Water Energy Nexus

Convener(s): Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis

Room: NL 357

Description: How would you design the process to a new urban water-energy system dealing with different maybe contradicting opinions of stakeholders? What synergies can you find to positively shape the urban water-energy nexus? Present your proposal to the other groups and discuss opportunities, barriers and possible trade-offs. This session gives you the chance to interact dynamically with fellow-participants and to gain new insights into the crucial linkages between water and energy.

Operationalizing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: Right Tools? Right Use?

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL Music Hall/ Musiksalen

Description: The event will discuss: (i) an overview of the spectrum of existing urban sanitation planning/design tools and how they are used by cities at different levels of development/readiness; (ii) which tools are able to change policy, plans, actions; (iii) how effectively tools are employed by intended users and barriers to wider uptake; (iv) alignment of those developing/disseminating tools, identifying gaps in the suites of tools; and (v) implications for urban development/sanitation practitioners.

Rethink Water. Reinvent Business. Reframing the way Businesses Value Water.

Convener(s): Microsoft, World Resources Institute

Room: FH Congress Hall A

Description: This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges of operationalizing circular principles for water management for business, with an emphasis on leveraging data and insights to inform smarter water management decisions and make the business case to shift from conservation to reuse and recycling.

Snow Leopards: A Surprising Solution to Water Climate Security?

Convener(s): United States Agency for International Development, World Resource Institute

Room: FH 202

Description: This session will discuss how new scientific tools are identifying the Third Pole’s water sources, how models are estimating what impacts melting snow and glaciers have on current and future water resources, how nomadic communities are becoming the citizen scientists monitoring and guarding the region, and how an unlikely ambassador—the elusive snow leopard—is uniting the region’s 12 countries and paving the way for integrated, climate-smart approaches for water and climate security. While this session focuses on the Third Pole, these lessons and tools can support activities anywhere in the world and can help deliver on a myriad of targets under SDG 6 and SDG 13.

Tuesday August 29

9:00-10:30

Call to Action: Radically Shifting Mindsets for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 253

Description: The event will present a series of activities initiated by a coalition of partners under the banner of a Call to Action for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation, designed to stimulate stakeholders globally to address urban sanitation differently such that the Sanitation SDG can be achieved.

Harnessing Water Risk Tools: Expanding Our Understanding of Water Waste

Convener(s): World Resources Institute

Room: FH 300

Description: This session will share insights from tool developers on the evolution of global water risk tools, and case studies from companies and investors on how such tools have led to the successful implementation of water reduction and reuse activities. Furthermore, participants will learn about improvements in contextual water use and reuse information, what data is available, and how they can help measure contributions to shared water challenges by better managing the water-waste cycle. Finally, the session will conclude with new insights into the benefits and need for effective engagement in public policy and alignment with SDG 6 required to deliver shared benefits of water reuse projects worldwide.

Powering the Wastewater Renaissance: Emissions Reduction in Wastewater Management

Convener(s): Xylem

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: This session will focus on the establishment of industry knowledge of the topic of emissions abatement, explore the challenges and solution to taking action on these opportunities, and provide a platform for defining the next steps in this process and avenues for collaboration.

The Value of Collective Location Action- Creating a Shared Water Plan

Convener(s): Alliance for Water Stewardship, WWF Pakistan

Room: FH Cabaret

Description: This session’s aim is to forge further partnerships to create and deliver projects that can maximize our impact, both within our direct operations and beyond them, in the watersheds around our facilities and further afield. Join this session to help build a more sustainable system of water management around the globe.

11:00-12:30

Harnessing Opportunities for the Safe Reuse of Wastewater in Agriculture

Convener(s): Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska

Room: FH 202

Description: The objective of the seminar is to discuss opportunities and limits for the safe reuse of wastewater and in agriculture. The opportunities and challenges that come with the reuse of wastewater in agriculture often are case specific. Therefore, this session will also focus on reuse experiences from the ground. In an interactive way, it brings together government agencies, private and civil actors around examples of wastewater reuse.

Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Legal Frameworks for Community Freshwater Rights

Convener(s): Environmental Law Institute

Room: NL 253

Description: RRI and ELI have engaged a broad set of stakeholders to develop a Water Tenure Tracking Methodology to analyze the strength and resilience of legal rights and entitlements related to community water use and governance. The findings will be used to: (1) conceptualize, compare, and monitor countries’ progress in protecting the freshwater rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities; (2) identify legislative weaknesses and areas for reform; (3) better appreciate gaps between national laws and the actual realization of community rights to freshwater; and (4) identify future areas for research. This session will offer an opportunity to share and receive feedback on the methodology in light of its application in three pilot countries. RRI and ELI will share the findings and seek participant guidance on how to improve and tailor the methodology as we apply it on a larger scale.

Scaling Up Social Accountability for Water and Waste

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH 307

Description: Drawing on recent urban and rural examples, the discussion will set out practices necessary in the water sector to ensure that excluded groups are able to actively hold to account governments and service providers to ensure their rights to water and sanitation are respected and fulfilled. The session will explore how citizen engagement can be adapted to transform accountability relationships, empower communities and activate government responsibility for water governance, service delivery and pollution control.

The Role of Green Infrastructure Investments in Meeting Global Commitments

Convener(s): The Nature Conservancy

Room: FH Congress Hall C

Description: This session will explore how green infrastructure investments are being made to meet multiple goals. Through cutting-edge science, innovative policies and case studies, the session will examine (1) how and where green infrastructure investments by the water sector can provide multiple benefits, (2) the potential for these investments to help meet global commitments such as the SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and (3) best practices to address the financing, governance and capacity gaps to bring green infrastructure investments to a meaningful scale.

WASH4Work: Mobilizing Business Action on Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 357

Description: This session will showcase the WASH4Work initiative, a collaboration aimed at mobilizing businesses to make a demonstrable contribution to the WASH agenda by taking action on WASH in the workplace, through supply chains, and in surrounding communities. The initiative highlights the role that businesses play in not only providing WASH for their workers, but also in undertaking stewardship activities focused on managing water and wastewater to the benefit of local communities. The session will also explore the types of enabling conditions necessary for businesses to take actions that improve WASH conditions. It focuses on understanding what governments can do to encourage business action and the tools and resources available to business to enable action.

13:45-18:00

Harnessing Opportunities for the Safe Reuse of Wastewater in Agriculture.

Convener(s): Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska

Room: ---

Description: This session takes you out to the field for a full-afternoon excursion to a decentralized wastewater reuse project in the Södertälje Municipality. This visit gives you an opportunity to meet experts and researchers and also discuss the case of blackwater reuse with farmers and politicians.

14:00-15:30

Using Earth Observations and Models for Improved Water Sustainability

Convener(s): National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Room: NL 357

Description: This session will focus of satellite capabilities and explore examples of programs such as the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLOWS) initiative which brings global satellite capabilities and regional expertise together to build new capabilities. Presentations and discussion will highlight initiatives where satellite capabilities are being exploited and integrated with local capabilities to provide innovative water resource management solutions.

17:00-17:45

Launch Water Security Journal; Panel Discussion on Sanitation and Health

Convener(s): Stanford University

Room: NL 253

Description: This session focuses on concrete example(s) of a lack of water security and of the best possible knowledge and its role in concrete action. Outcomes from the ShowCase will be published in Water Security. The journal will publish reviews and synthesis papers that contribute to a better understanding of the economic, social, biophysical, technological, and institutional drivers and consequences of current and future water security, identifies key knowledge gaps and debates in this area (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/water-security)

Wednesday August 30

9:00-10:30

Dealing with the Sanitation Nexus- The Need for Disruption

Convener(s): Columbia University

Room: FH 307

Description: This event will tackle the need to develop the next generation of off-grid, innovative and novel technological options for sanitation that takes into account available water and energy resources, user preferences, beneficiation and are able to contribute to recovery of waste products or reduce operational and maintenance costs.

Empowering Local Communities with Social Accountability Tools

Convener(s): World Resources Institute

Room: NL 353

Description: This showcase will highlight the use of the right to information and participation to improve water governance through WRI's Strengthening The Right to Information for People and the Environment (STRIPE) project. Empowered communities can use the right to information and participation to create avenues for stronger accountability around clean water. We will present a report from three years of work in Indonesia, Thailand, and Mongolia with local communities, highlighting the barriers men and women face when attempting to demand appropriate water governance, improved waste management and enforcement of water quality standards in local areas.

Eye on LAC: Circular Economies in the Industry Sector

Convener(s): The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute

Room: FH Congress Hall A

Description: The seminar will present water use efficiency programs from companies in the bottling, metal, cement and water service sectors. Implementing sustainable practices is part of their core business. Showcasing these best practices will help advance this agenda in the region and promote a comprehensive approach to managing the full water cycle.

MENA Focus: Adapting to Climate Change: Assessment, Vulnerability, and Action

Convener(s): United States Agency for International Development

Room: FH Little Theatre

Description: This session will present the results from these ongoing studies and use these as the starting point for discussions on the possibilities and challenges of implementing practical and institutional measures for climate change adaptation to manage water and food security in this most complex of regions. The discussions will also examine how policy messages and country positions on climate change negotiation can be formulated and informed by scientific regional climate modeling outputs and vulnerability assessments.

11:00-11:30

#SIWISofa, Meet the SJWP Winner Founding Sponsor Xylem CEO

Convener(s): Xylem

Room: ---

Description: A discussion with Xylem President and CEO Patrick Decker and the winners of the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Learn about the winning project and how the students hope to implement it. Also hear why Xylem believes that investment in the next generation of water innovators and leaders is critically important for the water industry. Xylem, a global water technology leader, is the Founding Sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

13:30-14:00

#SIWISofa: Innovative Sustainable Water Solutions for Coffee Processing

Convener(s): Millenium Water Alliance

Room: ---

Description: In many cases, smallholder farmers process coffee cherries on their own farms. “Wet milling” at farm level requires proper water treatment installations that often don’t exist, leading to water contamination for the community. Centralized milling presents significant benefits: In Colombia, the Jardin community mill established by farmers, a coffee cooperative, Nespresso partners Cafexport and USAID now properly treats 100% waste water. In Africa, Technoserve and wet mill owners implemented an innovative water management solution based on reducing water usage and planting vetiver grass wetlands. Today 70 wet mills benefit from this approach.

14:00-15:30

Building Africa’s Leadership in Sanitation: USAID, Gates Foundation/UNESCO, AMCOW Innovations

Convener(s): United States Agency for International Development

Room: NL 253

Description: The purpose of the USAID/ WALIS/ BMGF/ AMCOW/ UNICEF session is to update participants on sanitation leadership activities, encourage greater collaboration and innovation and identify gaps in sanitation capacity building

Unlocking Finance for Urban Water Reuse and Resilience

Convener(s): U.S. Water Partnership

Room: FH 307

Description: The session will begin with brief thought-starter presentations from utility leaders representing the Caribbean, Africa, and U.S. on specific water reuse and financing challenges in their regions. Following this introduction, participant groups will discuss similar challenges faced in their field and present one challenge to the room. In response, the audience will be asked to consider how their specific organization could address this challenge and given the opportunity to offer their solution – in the form of an in-kind “gift” – to the individual facing the challenge. Throughout the session, a mobile phone polling program will be used to provide an alternative platform for voicing contributions. In addition to supporting new relationships between organizations, the session will develop a list of concrete actions to address some of the world’s most pressing water reuse and finance challenges.

16:00-17:30

Complexities Associated with Climate Change, Water, and Agriculture

Convener(s): Colorado State University

Room: FH 307

Description: This session focuses on the U.S. Northern Great Plains and the Colorado River Basin in the context of climate change dynamics, water resources and agriculture production and sustainability issues. This session will address: 1) how agriculture is or is not adapting to climate and water issues, 2) current climate science research on the Colorado River Basin and possible impact on agricultural production and water management, 3) local and regional policy options for agricultural adaptation to climate and water challenges, and 4) the possible opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture as a local, national and global social and policy movement to address the complex interactions among climate change, water management and farming systems in transition.

SDG6: Searching for Universal Sustainability Metrics for Rural Water Services

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL Pillar Hall/ Pelarsalen

Description: The session presents evolving metrics of performance and sustainability of rural water services and discusses the feasibility of agreed core metrics. The session uses ignite-style presentations from the convenors showcasing experiences, followed by analysis of commonalities and differences such as simplified sustainability checklists, a rural waer monitoring assessment, determining drivers of groundwater supply underperformance, and post-implementation sustainability monitoring.

The HSBC Water Programme: Transforming Lives in the Ganga

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: FH Cabaret

Description: This session will explore several issues through a diverse panel, including partners from India. Some of these issues include: empowering European retailers that use leather to improve tannery practices concerning water efficiency, improving quality of life through WASH, and carrying out citizen scienctist research to reduce biodiversity loss.

Thursday August 31

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

#SIWISofa: Nestlé Waters Pioneering Water Stewardship towards a Systematic Approach

Convener(s): Alliance for Water Stewardship

Room: -

Description: This session will discuss how collective action can make more of an impact than acting alone. A multi-stakeholder approach – involving site and catchment-based actions - can lead to more sustainably managed watershed areas and river basins in regions where businesses operate.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Building a Resilient Future through Water

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation

Room: NL Auditorium/Aulan

Description: This year, SIWI and its partner The Rockefeller Foundation will frame the dialogue with a specific focus on resilience as a means to interlink and holistically consider global development progress related to water and sustainability across economic, social and environmental dimensions. The overall intention of these sessions is to inspire World Water Week delegates to joint action.

WADA: Achievements from Coca-Cola and USAID’s Global Community Water Partnership

Convener(s): U.S. Agency for International Development, Global Environment and Technology Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company

Room: NL 353

Description: This session will share key learnings from the WADA partnership and feature specific WADA projects. A conversation among USAID and Coca-Cola WADA leadership and implementing partners will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the drivers, opportunities, and practical considerations that enabled the program to achieve transformational impact through innovative water partnerships. Discussions will be inclusive of the audience to ensure the session addresses participants’ priorities.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Building a Resilient Future through Water

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation

Room: NL Auditorium / Aulan

Description: This year, SIWI and its partner The Rockefeller Foundation will frame the dialogue with a specific focus on resilience as a means to interlink and holistically consider global development progress related to water and sustainability across economic, social and environmental dimensions. The overall intention of these sessions is to inspire World Water Week delegates to joint action.

Ecosystems, Water, and Health: The Multiple Dimensions of Natural Infrastructure

Convener(s): The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute

Room: FH 307

Description: We will discuss how mainstreaming integrated green+gray infrastructure in the water sector can also transform solutions for ecosystem protection, climate resilient cities, and the multiple dimensions of human health.

Solid Fuel from Sludge: Resource Recovery Worth Getting Heated About

Convener(s): Water for People

Room: FH Little Theater

Description: The event will draw on the practical experiences of three organizations all operating in different markets in different countries, but all having similar conclusions.

Waste, Water and Undernutrition: Evidence and Policy Perspectives

Convener(s): WaterAid

Room: NL 357

Description: Through a review of empirical evidence and policy and practice examples, this session will both summarise what we know on water, sanitation and stunting and promote a greater focus going forward on two specific areas where significant knowledge gaps remain: (a) how these elements interact in peri-urban areas; and (b) how the WASH sector – not just the nutrition sector – can adapt its plans and policies to address these.

14:00 PM – 15:30 PM

Industrial Water Reuse: A Step Towards a Circular Economy

Convener(s): Procter & Gamble Company

Room: NL 461

Description: The aim of this session is to introduce the knowledge gathered within the Guide and demonstrate, through interactive discussion, the potential of water recycling and re-use practices. We will do this by giving an overview of common barriers, key drivers, success factors, as well as available tools. We will then showcase several case studies illustrating best practices already being undertaken by companies, such as those coming from IPIECA and Procter & Gamble, and demonstrate how collaboration with other stakeholders is key to success.

Operationalizing Resilience within Water Security

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation

Room: NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen

Description: Resilient solutions call for strategies and tools at the country, basin, and project level capable of incorporating not only climate and disaster risk consideration into the analysis, but also innovative solutions to ease water scarcity constraints as well as socioeconomic and environmental considerations. These strategies are needed in order to identify the most serious constraints and risks as well as the areas of greatest unexploited potential by understanding that not all water-related challenges are equally significant in their impacts on people, ecosystems and economies.

Strategies and tools that point to some extension of traditional decision analysis are needed and significant developments occurred in the last few years. Examples and lessons learned in their applications will be presented. By convening world leading experts in freshwater resource management and fields not previously integrated, this event will allow sharing practical examples with other organizations and practitioners.

16:00 PM – 17:30 PM

Designing for Freshwater Resilience

Convener(s): The Rockefeller Foundation

Room: NL 353

Description: This event will showcase emerging solutions for building the resilience of freshwater systems (e.g., lakes, rivers, aquifers, and other natural and built infrastructure freshwater) to meet the water needs of economic growth, poor and vulnerable communities, and freshwater ecosystems under a wide range of possible futures.

Pathogen Flows: Applying Public Health Principles to Urban Sanitation

Convener(s): University of North Carolina

Room: NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

Description: The latest global research developments will be shared. Through participatory processes, we will be challenged to critically examine assumptions and knowledge gaps about pathogen removal, liquid discharges and sanitation investment choices, and learn about the potential for pathogen flow thinking to improve sanitation understanding and action.

Providing Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities

Convener(s): U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WaterAid, World Vision

Room: NL Pillar Hall / Pelarsalen

Description: A new effort to provide universal WASH coverage in HCFs in Mali will be reviewed including specific collaboration between the WHO, CDC, WaterAid, World Vision, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, and the government of Mali. This effort will focus on the training and roll-out of two toolkits jointly developed by WHO and UNICEF, WASH FIT and BabyWASH. The use of these tool-kits in assessment and continuous quality improvement in HCFs will be discussed as well as their national roll-out through community health associations in collaboration with the government of Mali, UNICEF and WHO. The effort to provide safe water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities in HCFs and collaboration with the private sector will be included.

Sustainable Water Partnership: Delivering Stability and Benefits through Water Security

Convener(s): U.S. Agency for International Development, Winrock International, World Resources Institute

Room: FH Cabaret

Description: This session will explore how to raise awareness of all decision makers on water security risks, including both long-term changes or stressors such as population growth and climate change, as well as shocks such as floods and other sudden events. It will explore how to engage local and regional leaders in water management planning efforts so that these become collaborative development processes that engage more than engineers and develop negotiated solutions beyond infrastructure development, including watershed management, behavior changes, and institutional improvement. Representatives from the private sector, civil society, scientific and development organizations will discuss the links between water security and wider development perspectives. The session will also engage the audience to contribute ideas, suggestions and success stories to promote water security as a core pillar of overall development.

Tapping Capital Markets to Finance WASH Investment: An SDG Imperative

Convener(s): USAID

Room: FH 307

Description: USAID’s global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) project, will host a panel of government, donor, finance, and WASH experts to review and debate the opportunities and obstacles to accelerating WASH finance in emerging markets through policies and practices that advance creditworthiness, public-private partnerships, and proven methodologies to tap local currency commercial and capital markets. Launched in October 2016 to foster and support innovative financial solutions to expand WASH services, WASH-FIN support is currently focused on sub-Saharan Africa and south/southeast Asia. During the event, panelists will be encouraged to discuss best practices, case studies, needs and opportunities for assistance in developing the WASH sector in these regions.

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