Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Stockholm Water Week 2011


Our rights session 'best session of the week' at Stockholm

Hilda Coelho

For my first visit to Stockholm International Water Week, I was conscious of representing FAN, FANSA and CRSD in this prestigious event as well as having the opportunity to advocate for the rights based approach which we have been following for more than two decades.

We can't solve problems in the future with the same infrastructure and institutions that have created them

Nathalie Seguin

My first impression when the Stockholm World Water Week started was that the ambience of this event was much more human size than World Water Forum where distances and security systems transform the sharing, learning and lobbying experience, making it very difficult.

Calling all climate change advocates: how to link up national activities with UNFCCC?

Mary O'Connell

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Stockholm Water Week. One of the first sessions I participated in was the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) meeting in which we discussed preparations for the UN climate change negotiation's next meeting (COP-17, November). I raised the question of how can we link up our advocacy work at the international level with what civil society organisations might be doing at the national level?

Release: Make women champions of water and sanitation

Joint FAN and partners seminar at Stockholm Water Week stresses women’s role in improving water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries.

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What is Stockholm Water Week?

For over 20 years, World Water Week in Stockholm has been the leading annual meeting place for the most influential actors in water and development from business, academia, government, UN bodies and civil society. This year, thousands of water experts, practitioners, business innovators, and members of government from around the globe are expected in Stockholm to take part in the 100 sessions set to take place during the week.

Why are we participating?

FAN representatives will be promoting the network, their work and learning from the many sessions. To ensure their participation is maximized and reflects / benefits the wider network, they will share information and experiences of the event before, during and after.

They will also make the most of having so many key players from the sector in one place to meet with key partners to strategize and plan activities at side events.

How are we participating?

Main conference:

  1. FAN Session: Do rights-based policies enhance women's leadership and contribute to sustainable WASH outcomes? Thursday 25th August
    Presents global and country specific evidence of emerging practices which apply the principles and standards of international human rights law and women’s leadership in practices and processes aimed at achieving sustainable WASH outcomes. Download the flyer for this event
  2. World Water Forum, from Istanbul to Marseilles: Mobilising decision makers for water
  3. EU Water Initiative Multistakeholder Forum, find out more on the water week website

Side events / meetings:

  • Water and Climate Change Coalition - meet on Monday as part of the preparatory dialogue on the Climate Change Summit scheduled for December in Durban
  • The Butterfly Effect - meeting as part of preparatory dialogue for the World Water Forum scheduled for March next year in Marseilles
  • Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) steering committee meeting
  • End Water Poverty steering group meeting

The FAN reps will also be taking advantage of the many learning an networking opportunities presented by the event.

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