water related events to watch out for


8th Africa Water Week

The 8th Africa Water Week will be held from 8 to 12 February in Windhoek, Namibia and focus on the theme ‘Water Security for Development and Human Health’. The Africa Water Week represents a political commitment at the highest level where governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meet to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges. The event is held biennially, organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other development partners.

9th World Water Forum, Dakar 2021. Water Security for Peace and Development

In March 2021, participants from every horizon, including political and economic decision-makers, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector will gather in Dakar, Senegal for the 9th World Water Forum. Building upon previous World Water Forums, the 9th Forum will, through an innovative framework, seek to identify, promote and implement concrete responses and actions for water and sanitation in an integrated way.  It will be the first time the World Water Forum, the largest international water-related event, will be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

World Water Day 2021

World Water Day, 22 March 2021, is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. They are asking for contributions saying something about what water means to you, using the hashtag Water2me. Read more about it on their website.

World Water Week

Hosted and organized by SIWI, World Water Week is the leading annual global event for concretely addressing the planet’s major water issues. In 2021, World Water Week 2021 will be held entirely online, 23-27 August, with the theme Building Resilience Faster. World Water Week is the leading annual event on global water issues, organized by Stockholm International Water Institute since 1991.  In 2021, World Water Week will be held in a new digital format so that people across the world can join, regardless of the circumstances. This will make World Water Week broader and more inclusive at a time when international cooperation is needed more than ever.

UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

Despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide, and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as- usual scenarios. The UN Biodiversity Conference will convene governments from around the world to agree a new set of goals for nature over the next decade through the Convention on Biological Diversity post 2020 framework process. The COP 15 will take place from 17 – 30 May 2021 in Kunming, China.

Third UN World Data Forum

The World Data Forum brings together data leaders from national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, among other stakeholder groups, to foster exchange of ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities. The third UN World Data Forum was expected to take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reduced virtual form of the Forum will take place from 19-21 October 2020, and an in-person event will take place from 3-6 October 2021.