A Look Back at World Water Week 2021!

We invite you to explore the archive of recordings and notes from our programming at World Water Week 2021. This year, the CEO Water Mandate’s sessions focused on the latest tools, practical knowledge and collective action the private sector can embrace to adapt and respond in the face of uncertainty.

August 23-26th | The Private Sector–Water and Climate Resilience in Uncertain Times (seminar)

Our global economy is crucially dependent on fresh water. Climate change introduces impacts and uncertainties to the water cycle that pose significant material risks to business as usual.  The private sector must adapt and innovate to thrive. This seminar convenes business leaders with diverse stakeholders to consider leadership positions, advances in science and practice and robust solutions to build resilience to our wicked climate change problem.
Convenors: IKEA of Sweden AB, Stockholm International Water Institute, CEO Water Mandate, World Business Council for Sustainable Development 


Session 1. Corporate Leadership | View Recording
Monday, 23 August | 07:30-08:55 CEST
Session 2. Collective Action | View Recording
Tuesday, 24 August | 13:00-14:00 CEST
Session 3. Tools and Approaches | View Recording
Wednesday, 25 August | 14:30-15:55 CEST

Language: English

August 24th-26th | From Resilience Indicators to Action: The Water Resilience Assessment Framework (session)

Climate shocks and stressors have shown that traditional sustainability metrics like efficiency and accessibility are insufficient. Can we define resilience targets and pathways for businesses, utilities and basin authorities for an unknown future? This session presents an innovative framework to assess water system resilience with the ultimate goal of creating shared understanding and collective action.
Convenors: Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, International Water Management Institute, Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate, World Resources Institute


August 24, 2021 | 18:30-19:30 CEST | View Recording

August 26, 2021 | 19:00-20:00 CEST | View Recording
Language: English

August 24 | Water Action Hub 4.0: Accelerating Action, Building Partnerships (session)

The Water Action Hub is a free global online collaboration and knowledge-sharing platform connecting more than 1,000 businesses, NGOs and others around the world to foster collective action. This year, the launch of the Water Action Hub 4.0 offers companies additional tools to assess and improve their water stewardship actions. The new Hub also provides additional opportunities for companies to understand the links between water stewardship and climate resilience. Gain insight into the opportunities for your business or organization!
Convenors: Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate


August 24, 2021 | 21:00-21:25 CEST | View Recording
Language: English

August 25 | Five Years On: WASH4Work Business Leadership & Setting the Next Agenda (session)

Arial image of the ocean - Water Day at Race to Zero November DialoguesHow can water access, sanitation and hygiene be climate resilient? This session features WASH4Work members sharing key learnings, including the business case for WASH as well as WASH best practices in operations, supply chains, and communities. This session also launches a discussion about the future-looking agenda of Climate Resilient WASH.
Convenors: Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate




August 25, 2021 | 07:00-08:00 CEST | View Recording
Language: English

August 25 | Tools of the Trade: Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions (World Water Week session)

calm waterThe lack of standardized approaches to effectively identify, quantify and value the potential benefits of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) has been a hurdle to mainstream private sector investment in their implementation. Several organizations are creating guidance and accompanying instruments to address this challenge. This session showcases innovative tools that can support the business case for NBS investments and allow companies to make informed decisions regarding water security, climate resilience (including greenhouse gas emissions reduction) and biodiversity conservation.
Convenors: Danone, Denkstatt, Ecometrics LLC, LimnoTech, Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate, The Coca-Cola Company, The Nature Conservancy, Restore the Earth

August 25, 2021 | 21:00-22:00 CEST | View Recording
Language: English

August 25 | Formation of a Water Stewardship Acceleration Forum

Water Stewardship is a powerful approach for multi-stakeholder cooperation and joint action with the aim of reducing water-related risks for ecosystems, communities, and economies. The session kicks-off with an overview of the stewardship approach, its potential and examples of current initiatives as well as the existing stewardship landscape including relevant actors, gaps, and challenges. Filling existing gaps (fragmentation, lack of coordination, insufficient action by the private sector) is the aim of the newly established Water Stewardship Accelerator (WaSA) Forum that seeks to facilitate exchange on best policy practices and increase the visibility of the water stewardship approach on the political agenda. The first part of the workshop completes with an introduction of the WaSA Forum’s format, structure, and goals. The presentation is followed by a panel discussion on the potential of the stewardship approach for mobilizing action with the private sector towards the achievement of global goals and economic transition.
Convenors: Alliance for Water Stewardship, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, CEO Water Mandate

August 25, 2021 | 22:00-23:00 CEST | View Recording
Language: English