The IDB coordinates the Focus on the Americas in World Water Week 2023

The leading global event on water and sanitation to explore the potential of innovation to address water and sanitation challenges.

Latin America and the Caribbean, like the rest of the world, must embrace innovation to improve water-related solutions for societies and economies. This is the central theme of the Focus on the Americas 2023 sessions at World Water Week (WWW) 2023, the main international platform for discussions within the water and sanitation sector.

Hosted annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), WWW 2023 will provide valuable insights and bring together world experts to address water and sanitation challenges under the theme: Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable World in the water use. The conference will take place from August 20-24, 2023 both online and at the Waterfront Congress Center in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Focus on the Americas program will bring together experts from government agencies, public services, academia, the private sector, and international organizations to guide efforts toward water-conscious solutions and transformative change. Our sessions are designed to inspire and promote innovative action for water and sanitation services. We will delve into success stories, innovative methodologies, tools and strategies that foster thriving ecosystems and successful platforms.

The “Innovation for equitable and inclusive water and sanitation services” sessions, for example, will focus on how to close the gap in access to water and sanitation services. By exploring cutting-edge solutions, the goal will be to discuss possible solutions to ensure an equitable and fair distribution of these resources, promoting a transformative impact in marginalized communities.

The hybrid program (online and face-to-face) includes 11 sessions, exhibitions, seminars, and interviews, among other activities, on topics such as innovative water sanitation and hygiene programs in Latin America, water financing, innovation for equitable water and sanitation services. and inclusive, and effective water governance.

Focus on the Americas will feature high-profile experts with extensive experience in water and sanitation, with the aim of fostering dialogue between stakeholders from different subregions and sectors. To learn more about the event, read the program and follow the discussion on our blog and on social media.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank’s mission is to improve lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and offers policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private clients throughout the region. Access our virtual tour.

About the Focus on the Americas 2023 sessions

The conference is coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with: Argentine Water and Sanitation (AySA), Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA), CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology Center ( CAWST), Center of Excellence for Water and Sanitation (CEWAS), FEMSA Foundation, IDB Lab, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Lazos de Agua Program, Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, National Water Commission (CONAGUA), One Drop Foundation, Organization of American States (OAS), RTI International, Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (SECO), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), International Emergency Fund for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Water For People, Water Foundry, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and World Resources Institute (WRI).

Recognizing the importance of these efforts, the Focus in the Americas Program has the support of the IDB multi-donor fund dedicated to promoting investments in water and sanitation, contributions from partners such as the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) , the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Government of Austria, and the PepsiCo Foundation.

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