World Water Week in Stockholm 2016

Stockholm, Sweden 

28 August to 2 September 2016

World Water Week in Sotckholm is the annual focal point for the globe's water issues. It is organized by SIWI. This year, the theme is Water for Sustainable Growth. It is also the 20th jubilee of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.


'Investing in infrastructure to shape sustainable growth in Africa'

Stakeholders need to think out of the ‘water-box’ to find the best solutions; which means not only looking at what is happening within the local catchment but also beyond these boundaries and to other sectors. The objective of the event is to facilitate discussion on how investment in water infrastructure in Africa can integrate a nexus perspective and successfully direct benefits and balance trade-offs across the water, energy and food sectors, without compromising crucial ecosystem services for sustainability.

The expected outcomes include:

  • Present and discuss ICA study on nexus trade-offs and strategies, and how it can be used to guide infrastructure investment approaches in Africa.
  • Share knowledge and information on successful and failed multi-sectoral investment approaches.
  • Contribute to and inform development of strategies for financial institutions to invest in multi-sectoral water infrastructure.
  • Advise and discuss with River Basin Organizations on how infrastructure planning and investment portfolios can be adapted towards multi-sectoral approaches, and what tools such as assessments can be helpful to that end.



14:00 - 14:03 - Welcome words James Dalton, IUCN 


14:03 - 14:18 - Overview of Nexus trade-offs and strategies for addressing the water, agriculture and energy security nexus in Africa Phil Riddell, Riddell Associates Ltd


14:18 - 14:23 - Q&A 


14:23 -14:33 - EU support to the Nexus Mr. Paolo Ciccarelli, Head of Water Infrastructures and Cities Unit, European Commission


14:33 - 14:43 - Building on transboundary nexus assessments: identifying cooperative opportunities for benefits across sectors Annukka Lipponen, UNECE


14:43 - 14:48 -  Q&A 


14:48 - 15:18 - Roundtable discussions and feedback Financial institutions, basin organizations as leads


15:18 -15:26 - Key messages on how nexus investments in infrastructure can be taken forward (based on the discussions) with perspectives from the State Department  -  Aaron Salzberg, US Department of State


15:26 - 15:30 - Wrap-up -  James Dalton, IUCN & Carolina Latorre, IWA


For more information about the session, please visit the following link: or contact Carolina Latorre (IWA).


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'Investing in infrastructure to shape sustainable growth in Africa'

Nexus Dialogue workshop

Tuesday 30 August 2016, 14:00-15:30, Room FH 202

Addressing nexus challenges is limited without suitable multi-purpose infrastructure (natural and built) and adequate assessment of inter sector and environmental impacts. As regional and national authorities and their development partners influence investment pathways for development projects, this event explores integrating the nexus into investment plans and balance trade-offs and co-benefits.



For more information about the session, please visit the following link : or contact Carolina Latorre (IWA).

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World Water Week promotional material can be downloaded here. Click below.


ICA Summary report (English)

To download the summary report in French, click here.