Two conferences are set to kick off this weekend, one on water and the other on disaster risk management.
The 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, starts Aug. 26. The weeklong event will have an array of seminars, workshops and other side events relating to water and food security — this year’s central theme. But there will also be pockets of sessions on sanitation.
The event will be attended by representatives of some 250 organizations, including the African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Canadian International Development Agency, Agence Française de Développement, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard Buffett Foundation, Green Cross International and Oxfam-Québec. A number of U.N. agencies and companies such as Unilever and PepsiCo will also be participating.
Several awards will be given at the event as well: the Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Stockholm Industry Water Award and WASH Media Awards.
Also kicking off on the 26th is the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference, which will take place in Davos, Switzerland. Risk management experts and practitioners as well as representatives from the civil society, private sector and nongovernmental organizations are among the conference’s participants.
The event comes as monsoon rains again bring floods to many parts of the world. This year’s event, which will run until Aug. 30, will have a special focus on disaster risks in agriculture, cities and health, according to a press release.
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