Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden made a visit to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) yesterday ahead of the beginning of World Water Week.
During the visit to the institute’s office in Stockholm the Crown Princess learned more about SIWI’s work on water issues and met with SIWI CEO Torgny Holmgren and Chairman of the Board Peter Forssman. Discussions centred on water diplomacy – how water can be used for peaceful advancements – and how Sweden can contribute to improving the overall global water situation.
Crown Princess Victoria has been ambassador for the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development project since 2016. This collection of 17 broad and interdependent goals set by the UN Development Programme covers social and economic development issues such as hunger, poverty, education, global warming, health, gender equality and water, among a number of other issues.
Crown Princess Victoria’s visit to SIWI is a continuation of her focus on Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation – which seeks to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all – and Goal 14, Life Below Water – which seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”
During World Water Week (which is organised by SIWI and held annually in Stockholm) the Crown Princess will be on hand to award the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in her capacity as Patron. Her father, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, is Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize. Each prize honours “women, men and organisations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.”
World Water Week aims to link decision-making, policy, science and practice, enabling participants to enter into discourse on global water challenges. World Water Week began as the Stockholm Water Symposium in 1991 (the name officially changed in 2001) and each year the conference focuses on a specific aspect of the world’s escalating water crisis.