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Water cooperation

WWF is proud to be a key collaborating partner for World Water Week 2013 in Stockholm.
WWF at World Water Week
WWF will be active at a variety of events, seminars and workshops throughout the week. Check our schedule.

What will WWF be talking about?

Sustainable development: Water is the blue thread that runs through the sustainable development agenda. Food security, human health, energy access – these are fundamental goals of sustainable development, and water is the blue thread that runs through them all. Water managers often think first of reservoirs and pipes, but it’s actually green infrastructure – nature itself – that provides water resources. Keeping rivers clean and flowing must be a central component of the post-2015 development agenda.

Building partnerships: Water provision and allocation is fundamentally the responsibility of government. Yet NGOs like WWF play an important role by representing the interests of the voiceless – the poor, the environment – as well as bringing scientific and technical expertise. Equally, businesses have an important role as drivers of economic growth and innovation. Only when these three pillars cooperate in support of sustainable water management do we have the opportunity to create solutions that meet the needs of communities, economies and nature.

UNWC: WWF calls on governments to join and effectively implement the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention. Globally, there are 276 internationally shared watersheds, which drain the territories of 145 countries and represent more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s land surface. The UN Watercourses Convention is a global framework governing the rights and duties of states sharing freshwater systems. It is designed to foster interstate cooperation on the sustainable management of transboundary waters in accordance with international law. The convention now counts 30 contracting states – only five short of the number required for entry into force.

About World Water Week in Stockholm
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for issues and actors related to water and development. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together 2,500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.

 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm takes place 1-6 September.
•Download the printed programme to get a full overview of the sessions, award ceremonies, social events, field visits and more.
•Use the new and interactive online programme to browse the events and plan your schedule for the week.

And use Twitter to receive updates, retweet and have your say in the online discussions. Use the week’s official hashtag #wwweek to participate.

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