Stockholm, 26 August 2022 (TDI): The World Water Week 2022 officially commenced on Tuesday. The hybrid event has a total of more than 150 countries in attendance.

A week-long international conference called World Water Week organized by SIWI takes place annually in Stockholm in late August or early September. Moreover, the week also serves to discuss and expedite the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6).

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6).

The theme for World Water Week 2022 is “Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water.” In addition, three primary topics will be examined by the theme: the importance of water to people and development; the importance of water for nature and climate change; and the economic and financial value of water.

Significance of theme

Water is either directly or indirectly related to many of the biggest issues facing the globe today. Additionally, water is a key factor in many problems, including those related to food security, agriculture, health, technology, biodiversity, and climate catastrophe.

Therefore, World Water Week 2022 brings together UN officials, eminent scientists, and regional community organizations to discuss water-related issues and motivate efforts to find solutions.

Furthermore, the Week serves as a forum to coordinate efforts to hasten the accomplishment of Sustainable Development Goals. Also, World Water Week this year is a significant step toward the UN Water Conference in 2023.

World Water Week 2022: Day 2 

The theme for day 2 of World Water Week 2022 was “the value of water for people and development.” The focus area of day 2 was people and development.

The sessions were centred upon the valuing of water for the benefit of people and the planet, food/nutrition targets through water security, re-humanization of water and sanitation utilities, etc.

Additionally, the business accelerator session discussed the need for the private sector to be a key player in global water management. Moreover, the business accelerator addresses water concerns from a business and financial viewpoint while collaborating with the founding lead partners.

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World Water Week 2022: Day 3 

The theme for day 3 of World Water Week was “the value of water for nature and climate.” Speakers at the World Water Week event on Thursday warned that groundwater, which sustains farms, businesses, ecosystems, sewage systems, and drinking water sources, is being overused and polluted.

In a video message to an online session titled “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible,” Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water, said, “We must ensure groundwater has its rightful place in all of our action plans.”

Furthermore, Gilbert Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) underscored the increasing water demand.

Additionally, he emphasized the urgent need for policymakers to comprehend the crucial role played by groundwater and better manage the conflicting demands of water.

Objectives of the conference

These deliberations will help bring the water agenda to the forefront. Before the UN-Water Summit on Groundwater in Paris in December and the UN Water Conference 2023, in New York in March 2023, these discussions are anticipated to help advance the water agenda (2018-2028).

The Conference’s primary objective is to bring attention to the world’s water crisis. Furthermore, its aim is to choose a coordinated strategy to accomplish water-related goals.

Moreover, it foresees the achievement of targets that have been internationally agreed upon, particularly those outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.