1 September 2017: The 27th edition of World Water Week concluded on Friday, 1 September. The event brought stakeholders from over 130 countries together to discuss solutions to global water challenges under the theme, ‘water and waste: reduce and reuse’. Among many other contributions, participants advanced discourse on water and sanitation policy issues with the launch of publications.
Speaking on the Week’s outputs, Torgny Holmgren, the Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), which organizes World Water Week, emphasized that participants had discussed the value of water. He said, “With increasing scarcity, we must recognize the many values attached to water, be it economic, social, environmental, cultural or religious.” He noted that by “re-valuing water” the global community could use it more efficiently.