World Water Week

This year's theme is 'water cooperation - building partnerships'; it promises to be an important and useful event.

World Water Week 2013 takes place 1-6 September in Stockholm, Sweden.

We will be tweeting and blogging all week. You can follow the latest blog updates from WaterAid and our partners in the HSBC Water Programme at, while we will be tweeting over at

You can read WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost's blog post, We need to talk about sanitation, on the WaterAid site here.

WaterAid staff are taking part in the following sessions:

Wednesday 4 September

Time: 9.00-12.30
Seminar: Changing relationships: ICT to improve water governance
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the water sector, with the innovation of numerous low cost applications, has changed the way water is governed and increased transparency and integrity in the sector. ICT is quickly changing the relationships between stakeholders. This session will look at challenges for using the full potential of ICT. Is there sufficient knowledge to apply the new technologies effectively? Who has access to the information and are incentives in place for using information to improve services? What are the associated costs? View the flyer here.

Time: 9.00-12.30
Seminar: Governance aspects of integrating urban planning and water management in the city of the future
The objective of the seminar is to highlight the need and benefits of integrating and emphasising water in the planning of cities of the future. The seminar focuses on the intersection between urban spatial planning and the planning, design and operation of sustainable urban water and sanitation systems.

Thursday 5 September

Time: 14.00-17.30
Seminar: Monitoring and managing water locally for water security
Our interest is to showcase the work the Regional Learning Centre for Water Resource Management has been doing on community-based water resource management (CBWRM). We will demonstrate some of the innovative work we are doing in this area and share some useful insights on how local-level water security can be strengthened, looking in particular at improving community resilience to climate variability, and strengthening processes to deal with demand pressures and competing uses of water.

Full day workshop: The human rights-based approach to cooperation.
Very few countries have incorporated the human rights to water and sanitation in their constitution or endorsed them as enforcable human rights. Bangladesh voted for the UN resolution but has yet to endorse any law recognising rights to water and sanitation. In the absence of a water act, WASH-related policies and strategies can not materialise effectively. The Ministry of Water Resources took the initiative to formulate the water act about six years ago. This session will include an account of how water and sanitation have been established as human rights in Bangladesh through the draft water act.

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