Last week, thousands of experts, practitioners, decision-makers and business innovators from around the world joined forces at World Water Weekin Stockholm, Sweden. The participants gathered at this annual conference to exchange views and best practices across their respective scientific, business, policy and civic communities.
Started in 1991, World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm International Water Week Institute (SIWI) and focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas.
Last week’s World Water Week focused the world’s attention on water and food security. Today, over 900 million people suffer from hunger, and two billion more face serious health risks from undernourishment. At the same time, 1.5 billion people overeat and more than 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted. Demand for food is projected to increase by 70 percent by mid-century and without intervention, untenable pressure on water resources in many regions in the world will threaten food and water security.
Long gone is the talk of what governments, corporations and thought leaders should be doing to solve these critical problems. Now the focus is on what must be done to solve these challenges.
Xylem is committed to working with the world’s thought leaders to solve water-related challenges. Our commitment continues to focus on being a leading global provider of efficient and sustainable water technologies and applications to help solve the world’s water challenges. We strive to meet the most critical water challenges head on by engineering products that create efficient systems and sustainable solutions. We also help people and communities through our Watermark program.
In support of the next generation of problem solvers, we also support the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The international competition brings together the world’s brightest young student scientists to encourage their continued interest in water and the environment.
Each year, thousands of participants in over 30 countries join national competitions for the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during World Water Week. During their time in Stockholm, winners of the national competitions have the opportunity to meet and learn from the leaders of the global water community who share a passion for water and science.
This year, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize to Luigi Marshall Cham, Jun Yong Nicholas Lim and Tian Ting Carrie-Anne Ng, all are 18 years old and are from Singapore.
Xylem is proud to have been involved with this inspiring program every year since its founding in 1995 and encourage young people to pursue careers in water to ensure we have enough bright minds working on these complex issues.
What are you doing to make a difference? Don’t forget to put World Water Monitoring Dayon your calendar, September 18, 2012 and the 2013 World Water Week, September 1 – 6, 2013. The theme for 2013 WWW will be Water Cooperation – Bridging Divides.