In August this year, World Water Week will bring nearly 4,000 water experts from around the world to Stockholm to attend 265 sessions under the overarching theme of ‘Water for society – including all’. They will discuss one of the most crucial challenges to humanity: providing sustainable and affordable access to water to all, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are delighted to announce that CRIDF’s Ameil Harikishun has been appointed as a member of the Young Scientific Programme Committee that will be supporting the Scientific Programme Committee in developing the nine seminars that form the scientific core of World Water Week, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute.
As one of nine young professionals selected through a highly competitive process involving over 200 applications, Ameil will be helping to develop the seminar ‘Transforming societies to meet the SDGs: the role of finance’. Ameil attended a planning meeting in Stockholm in March to select abstracts for the three seminar sessions and decide on innovative session designs. Ameil will continue to support the development and delivery of the seminar, and looks forward to engaging on innovative approaches to financing inclusive water sector projects.
The World Bank estimates that investments need to triple if the water-related SDGs are to be achieved; it is clear that business-as-usual approaches will not suffice. The way the world allocates, values, prices and trades water needs reconfiguring, and this must be done in a transparent manner to ensure social equity. This seminar explores innovative financing mechanisms for such an inclusive transformation, as well as the challenges to finding sustainable solutions. CRIDF looks forward to reporting on the seminar during the 2019 World Water Week.