World Water Week 2015 in Stockholm: Session on water governance & sustainable financing

“Improving water governance for achieving financial sustainability in the Mediterranean” is the topic of the event organised by Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), during the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labelled project ‘Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector’ and with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The event will take place on 25 August 2015, 11:00-12:30 at the Stockholm City Conference centre.

The 25th edition of the World Water Week, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), brings together actors from across the globe to discuss critical water challenges and reflect on solutions. Every year, more than 200 organisations convene events including scientific workshops on water-specific topics. This year, 'Water for Development' is the focus theme.

Efforts to implement the human right to water and access to sanitation in line with the Post-2015 Development Agenda are underway in the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, the massive financial gap for the sector to meet the SDG-related needs of developing countries puts the water governance in the spotlight, as good governance is interlinked to sustainable financing, creating the enabling environment for much-needed investments.

The event - closely related to this year’s theme on ‘Water for Development’ - focuses on the needed pro-poor, inclusive and gender-sensitive actions for better governance and on the impact that this will have on the financial sustainability of the water sector leading to sustainable development. Examples of good governance and best practices will be shared together with lessons learnt from the Mediterranean region and beyond. The UfM labelled project ‘Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector’ will present the core findings from its technical work conducted in Jordan, Tunisia and Palestine on the governance & financing nexus as well as at the Mediterranean level.