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Tuesday, August 27 2019 - 06:39
World Water Week Opens With Calls for Action on Water Equality
STOCKHOLM, Aug. 27, 2019, /PRNewsiwre-AsiaNet/--

    Humanity can only tackle today's major challenges if access to water is 
distributed more fairly. When World Water Week, the leading event on global 
water issues, opened on Monday, speakers called for a drastic shift in how 
water is shared and managed. 

    World Water Week 2019 is held from the 25-30 August in Stockholm, Sweden, 
with this year's theme being Water for Society: Including all. The conference 
is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and has been 
running for 29 years.

    In his welcoming address, SIWI's Executive Director Torgny Holmgren 
stressed the importance of using water to solve global challenges. "Many in our 
societies are not aware of the vital role that water plays in realizing 
prosperity, eradicating poverty and tackling the climate crisis. Together, we 
can change that perception and unlock the potential of water-related 
solutions," Holmgren said.

    Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation from the 
Government of Sweden also advocated for better water governance and warned that 
with current trends, 52 per cent of the world's population and 40 per cent of 
global grain production could be put at risk by 2051, adding: "Poor and 
marginalized populations will be disproportionately affected, which will 
further worsen the rising inequalities." 

    River champion Dr Jackie King, Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2019, found 
it encouraging that the rights of nature are increasingly recognized and noted 
that "We have the methods and the technology, but need the momentum to make 
them work."

    Access to open data is one of most important technological changes, said Ma 
Jun, Founder of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, China, whose 
pollution database plays an important role to protect water quality. He now 
pushes for more transparency. 

    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous 
Peoples, spoke about how ecosystems are more protected where the rights of 
indigenous peoples are respected. She asked the water community to condemn the 
growing violence against indigenous activists: "If those who try to protect the 
environment are killed, there is less of a chance for us all to protect the 
last biodiversity resources." 

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SOURCE: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)