Partnerships essential for addressing the global water challenge
At the opening plenary of World Water Week this morning UN Deputy Secretary-General and former Chair of WaterAid Sweden, Jan Eliasson, urged that we address water management and sanitation challenges ‘on the basis of cooperation, common interest and common purpose.’
WaterAid’s Head of Major Partnerships Dave Hillyard gives his views.
By Sue Alexander, Senior Manager, Environmental Programmes at HSBC. Did you know the UN General Assembly declared 2013 “International Year of Water Cooperation”? More of that in a moment. I have arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, to attend World Water Week. Firstly, let me explain what World Water Week is. It’s an annual conference held in Stockholm at which some 200 organisations from across the world concerned with water issues meet for scientific and policy discussions. World Water Week delegates have the opportunity to select from over 100 events during the six days. And why am I here?
As part of the HSBC Water Programme, (HWP), Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs) in New York City, Buffalo and Chicago are helping scientists understand the impact of storms on local water quality. These cities were built with sewer systems called Combined Sewer Overflow systems (CSOs), which transport both storm water and untreated sewage to the same treatment facilities before discharging it into local rivers, streams and lakes.