World Water Week
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: 5-9 September 2010
Half of the hospital patients in the developing world are suffering from sanitation and water-related diseases. Lack of sanitation and of safe and clean water causes the death of more than 1.6 million children a year.
This year's World Water Week, an annual event organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), will bring together over 2500 global experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators. They will exchange ideas, foster new thinking and chart policies and practices that will lead to a healthier world, with water quality as the 2010 lead theme.
As a main player on the water, sanitation and health stage, WHO is convening a key workshop on Water Quality for Human Health. The workshop will address water quality issues from a systems perspective with a view to protecting and promoting health. It will highlight approaches and solutions on how to effectively deal with the health threats emanating from wastewater and polluted water sources.
The workshop will take place 09:00-17:30, 7 September and is co-convened with the International Water Association (IWA).
Throughout the week WHO is co-convening other events to underscore the value of water safety plans, the countdown to the Millennium Development Goals, and the monitoring of access to water and sanitation and of water quality. The 2nd edition of an information kit of the guidelines for the safe use of wastewater in agriculture will also be launched.