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SIWI World Water Week, the World's Most Influential Movement Focused on Transforming Global Water Challenges, Draws to an End After an Amazing Week of Innovation, Inspiration and Collaboration
STOCKHOLM, Sept. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet / --

Millions of lives could be at risk if we don't take the water crisis and global 
warming more seriously. World Water Week closed on Friday amid calls for 
governments, institutions and companies to start applying the water-based 
solutions that already exist – and include everyone in the process. 

The world's leading annual water event, World Water Week, ended on Friday in 
Stockholm with warnings of looming dangers as well as rays of hope. Among the 
4,000 participants from 138 countries, a third were under the age of 35 and 
their presence was highly noticeable throughout the conference. "It's been very 
inspiring how we young professionals get to share our knowledge and are 
increasingly being listened to," said Sara Löwgren from the Water Youth Network 
during Friday's closing ceremony.

On Thursday, Professor Johan Rockström turned directly to the young 
participants, saying: "You are the only ones who can truly speak on behalf of 
the future." He assured the audience that science tells us that there is still 
a chance to save the planet if we manage to cut carbon emissions by half in the 
coming decade but that we must use this window of opportunity. 

Many of the Week's over 250 sessions focused on water as a solution to 
challenges such as climate change and food scarcity. With the theme of the 
event being Water for Society: Including All research was presented on the 
importance of integrating the perspectives of all ages, genders and social 
groups. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of the organizer SIWI, described 
this as the essence of good water governance, adding: "Compared to previous 
years I see a new focus on the role of governments, cities and local 
communities, with many inspiring examples."

In the closing ceremony, Parameswaran Iyer from the Indian government described 
their massive undertakings to ensure that all Indians get access so clean water 
and safe sanitation before 2024. "In a campaign that started 1 July, we've sent 
out 1200 government officials in the field to talk to people about water 
conversation. This is how we change behaviours," he said.

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SOURCE: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)