Leading global event on water and sanitation to explore water’s true value for societies, economies and sustainable development
Latin America and the Caribbean, like the rest of the world, needs to bring to light water’s full value for societies and economies. That is the overarching message of the Americas sessions at World Water Week, the leading global forum for the water and sanitation sector.
Hosted annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this year’s event runs August 24-September 1 in the Swedish capital under the theme “Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water.” Activities related to Latin America and the Caribbean are grouped into the Focus on the Americas sessions, which have been coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2015.
The hybrid online/in-person Americas program includes 13 sessions and seminars, among other activities, on topics such as maximizing the development value of water, investing in the future of water, better decision-making for water security, valuing nature and nature-based solutions.
Discussions will explore tools and approaches to maximize the impact of investments in water sustainability, sanitation and hygiene. Participants will share innovative financing mechanisms, novel water-security lessons, nature-based solutions, and other information to help ensure protection for vulnerable groups and overcome water and sanitation challenges across the region.
Focus on the Americas will feature high-profile experts with extensive experience in water and sanitation, with the goal of fostering dialogue among stakeholders from different sub-regions and sectors. Representatives of government agencies, utilities, international organizations, universities, the private sector, and donor agencies will all take part.
The Bank’s role in World Water Week aligns with Vision 2025, the IDB’s roadmap for recovery and sustainable, inclusive growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Action on climate change, gender and inclusion, and innovation are among its priorities.
For more information about the event, read the program and follow the discussion on our blog and social media.
About the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.
About the 2022 Focus on the Americas sessions
These sessions are coordinated by the IDB, in collaboration with: Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA), Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Cities4Forests, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), FEMSA Foundation, the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel, IDB Lab, IRC, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Latin American Water Funds Partnership, the Lazos de Agua Program, the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), NOW Partners, the One Drop Foundation, the Organization of Americas States (OAS), RTI International, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The World Bank Group, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, Water For People, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
The Focus on the Americas is partially sponsored by AquaFund, the IDB's multi-donor fund for investments in water and sanitation, financed with its own resources and from partners: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Government of Austria and the PepsiCo Foundation.
María Julia Bocco
IDB Team Leader
Jovana Garzón Lasso
SIWI Team Leader
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