World Water Week: History, Significance & Theme

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World Water Week aims to draw the world’s attention to the water crisis and sustainable water use.

World Water Week is observed in the last week of August every year. This year, the week will be observed from August 23 to September 1. World Water Week is meant to explore new ways of mitigating the challenges of water scarcity and tackle the water crisis and its links to health, food security, biodiversity, and climate change problems.

The week is marked by a conference organized yearly by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The Institute is a not-for-profit institute with a wide range of expertise in water governance – from sanitation and water resources management to water diplomacy. 

SIWI creates knowledge, develops capacity, and offers policy advice to countries, communities, and companies. It works globally to change how water is understood, valued, and managed. As advocates and advisors, SIWI shows how improved water governance is key to a fairer, more prosperous, and more resilient future.

The global conference is organized under different themes, each focusing on a wide range of water issues in many countries and sustainable water use.

World Water Week aims to draw the world’s attention to the water crisis and sustainable water use.


World Water Week was initially started as the Stockholm Water Symposium in 1991 in the Swedish capital. Since then, it has become an annual event. A different theme is chosen each year, with an aim to tackle the world’s most significant challenges, such as poverty, food security, climate crisis, water scarcity, and the loss of biodiversity, among others.


Freshwater resources worldwide face unprecedented pressure from fast-rising temperatures, consumption patterns, and population growth. World Water Week 2022 will emphasize how we value water to solve this global water crisis and climate chaos. Revealing and understanding the value of water will lead to much-needed innovations, decisions, and investments in managing the resource better.


People worldwide want to talk about the diverse aspects of water and understand what others think and how they value water. World Water Week 2022 will provide a platform for this critical conversation. Focusing on the overall theme of “Seeing the unseen: The value of water”, the sessions will see the participation of activists, experts, environmentalists, and water conservationists worldwide. The sessions will be a platform to discuss the ideas in three key areas:

  • The value of water for people and development
  • The economic and financial value of water
  • The significance of water for nature and climate