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Monday, April 06 2020 - 20:32
World Water Week 2020 is Cancelled Due to COVID-19
STOCKHOLM, April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

World Water Week assembles over 500 co-convening organizations and 4,000 
participants from more than 130 countries in Stockholm every year. This 
world-leading conference on water is now cancelled 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.

World Water Week is organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) 
and has been held annually since 1991. However, the organization has decided to 
cancel this year's conference after closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 
around the world. Given that the COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic 
by the World Health Organization (WHO), holding a major event like World Water 
Week would pose a critical threat to the health of visitors and would result in 
an unacceptable risk of spreading the disease. 

The decision was taken formally by the Board on March 31. SIWI's Executive 
Director, Torgny Holmgren, states: "We are, as always, committed to serving our 
community in the best possible way. Organizing the world's leading conference 
on water comes with big investments in time and money for everyone involved. We 
believe that an early decision is better than a wait-and-see-approach – for 

Gabriela Suhoschi, Director for World Water Week & Prizes, says: "We truly 
appreciate the support and commitment from our community towards World Water 
Week 2020 and this year's theme 'Water and Climate change: Accelerating 
Action'. We are considering how we can incorporate the content developed for 
this year into World Water Week 2021." 

In addition to hundreds of sessions, a recurring highlight of World Water Week 
is the presentation of the world's most prestigious water award, the Stockholm 
Water Prize, during a royal prize ceremony. As recently announced, the 2020 
award goes to Dr John Cherry for discoveries that have revolutionized our 
understanding of groundwater vulnerability. SIWI is now exploring how Dr John 
Cherry will be celebrated at World Water Week 2021. 

World Water Week is also the stage for the finals of the international 
competition, Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020. Communication about how the 
finals are to be organized will be released in due course. 

Note to Editors 


Henrika Thomasson, SIWI

SOURCE: Stockholm International Water Institute