Last week, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden paid a visit to SIWI to learn more about current water challenges. The visit was organised in the lead-up to World Water Week, starting this Sunday, where the Crown Princess will play an important role.
Ahead of World Water Week, the leading annual event on global water issues, the Crown Princess Victoria visited SIWI’s headquarters in Stockholm on Thursday to learn more about current water-related trends from around the globe. She was welcomed by Peter Forssman, Chair of the Board of SIWI, together with the organisation’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren.
Crown Princess Victoria is dedicated to water issues and has been a keynote speaker at World Water Week as a UN Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, she is the Patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, which is awarded every year during World Water Week. This year, she will also present Stockholm Water Prize on behalf of the Patron of the Prize, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
“We really appreciate the Royal Family’s commitment to water issues and the strong collaboration that have continued to deepen over the years. Today’s meeting was very interesting and fruitful,” said Holmgren.
Experts from SIWI engaged with the Crown Princess on current water issues, including the consequences of climate change; how to increase access to safe drinking water; how water diplomacy can foster peace, and the link between freshwater and oceans. In addition, the Crown Princess had a chance to learn more about how the Swedish business’ works with water in sectors like textiles, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages.
Gabriela Suhoschi, Director World Water Week & Prizes, informed about the coming World Water Week and Jens Berggren, Director Communications, introduced the important work done by the Stockholm Water Prize laureates, bio-tech pioneers Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann, who have revolutionised wastewater treatment.
Crown Princess Victoria has received much praise for her dedication to development and environment issues. Not least in her capacity as one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals Advocates, she has often addressed the importance of sustainable water management.