The Swedish Institute Alexandria participated in the "Water and Faith World Water Week" meeting that took place in the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry KSLA, on August 30th 2018.
The World Water Week is an outcome of a fruitful cooperation between Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Global Water partnership, World Council of Churches, Church of Sweden, and the German Development Agency (GIZ). The meeting aimed at building a joint platform, proposals for joint action and outreach.
" Water is very dear and close to all religious traditions. Water is used for baptism, purification or spiritual expressions in all faith communities." said Mr. Peter Weiderud in his speech.
This meeting comes in accordance with the UN Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) 2017 report on “Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene”. 2.1 billion people do not yet have access to safely-managed drinking water and 60% of the world’s population, over 4.4 billion people, do not have safely-managed sanitation (WHO and UNICEF, 2017).
Faith-based communities and actors often play a central role in community lives, guiding values, beliefs and behaviors and addressing critical community needs particularly in some of the most water insecure regions of the world.