Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

World Experts Meet to Address Global Water Challenges

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 01, 2010 16:20 CEST

At the 20th World Water Week in Stockholm, 5-11 September 2010

Stockholm (2010-09-01) - About 2,500 leading experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators will meet at the World Water Week in Stockholm, September 5-11, 2010, to discuss the world’s escalating water problems.

The focus this year is set on tackling the water quality challenge, which affects the health of humans and ecosystems. Other related issues gaining momentum include: urbanisation, food and global security, climate change adaptation, and the human rights to water access and sanitation.

The World Water Week in Stockholm and the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The 2010 Stockholm Water Prize is presented to Dr. Rita R. Colwell of the University of Maryland and John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, for her research on waterborne diseases which has helped save millions of lives. Other honours presented this year include the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the Stockholm Industry Water Award and the Swedish Baltic Sea Water Award.

The World Water Week is a global forum to review progress, build capacities and promote partnerships on international processes on issues related to water and development. More than 20 ministers including the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson are joined by leading experts in Stockholm to address these issues.

The conference takes place at the Stockholm International Fairs, between the 5th and the 11th of September, 2010. For more information on events, speakers, and registration, visit

World Water Week Press Kit Now Available
The 2010 World Water Week press kit contains story ideas, facts and statistics to help journalists cover a wide range of water related issues. You can also find information about available media media services and lists of experts available for interview. Download it here

For press releases, background facts, photos and video, see:

For more information and interview requests, contact:
Ms. Britt-Louise Andersson, SIWI, +46 8 522 139 72,
Ms. Anna Norén, SIWI, +46 76 129 26 90,

About the World Water Week in Stockholm
The World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together 2500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.

About Stockholm International Water Institute
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that contributes to international efforts to combat the world's escalating water crisis. SIWI develops and promotes future-oriented and knowledge–integrated policies, towards sustainable use of the world’s water resources leading to sustainable development and poverty eradication.