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SIWI to host World Water Week At Home online in August

To help bridge the gap between World Water Weeks 2019 and 2021, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) will host the WWWeek At Home online from 24 to 28 August 2020.

Organised by SIWI, World Water Week assembles over 500 co-convening organizations and 4,000 participants from more than 130 countries in Stockholm every year. The world-leading conference on water was cancelled for 2020 due to the global spread of COVID-19 and the measures taken by national and local authorities to contain the spread of the disease. World Water Week was due to take place 23-28 August 2020 in Stockholm.

The new format will bring together convenor-hosted, virtual adaptations of sessions on water and climate change originally planned for World Water Week 2020.

SIWI said interest had been overwhelming in WWWeek At Home, a new series of virtual sessions that lets anyone tap into the knowledge of some of the greatest water and climate experts.

The initial response from the convening organizations has been very positive, with more than 100 organizations immediately saying that they want to take part. The full programme will be available on World Water Week’s website by the beginning of August.

Between 24 and 28 August a broad array of organizations will host sessions under the hashtags #wwweek #athome.

Gabriela Suhoschi Director for  World Water Week & Prizes commented:

“We know the world needs to accelerate action on climate change, which was also the original theme of World Water Week 2020. Many organizations have planned important events to present concrete solutions and new ideas. We wanted to create an arena for them to do so.”

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize final will also take place during the last week of August in an online version. The winner of the international youth competition will be announced by H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who is Patron of the Prize, on 25 August at 2pm CET.

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