The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) launched a call for nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize (LKYWP) 2024 — an international award that honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organisations towards solving the world’s water challenges by developing innovative technologies, policies or programmes which benefit humanity.
Singapore’s Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu announced the opening of nominations for the LKYWP 2024 in a speech delivered at a side event hosted by Singapore during the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York. The Singapore event — ‘Water, Technology and Sustainable Development’ — was attended by international leaders in the water sector who shared practices in leveraging technology for sustainable water management. The leaders also shared how the international community can work collectively to catalyse innovation for a water-resilient future, in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG6).
The LKYWP is named after Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, whose leadership has enabled Singapore to attain a sustainable water supply despite being a highly urbanised city-state with little natural water resources. Since its inception in 2008, the prize, which is sponsored by Temasek Foundation, has gained a standing in the global water community for its recognition of water technologies, policies or programmes that have been game-changers in their real-world application.
The honour roll for the Prize includes Laureates who have developed solutions in membrane technology and used water treatment, as well as water policies and management practices, that have benefitted the lives of millions. Their achievements represent the pinnacle in water solutions that have made a difference to cities and people around the world.
The LKYWP 2024 Laureate will be announced next year, on World Water Day, on 22 Mar 2024. The Laureate will receive S$300,000, a gold medallion and a certificate, at an award ceremony during the 10th SIWW, to be held from 18-22 Jun 2024 in Singapore.
Nominations for the LKYWP 2024 are open from 24 Mar-30 Jun 2023. For more information on nomination guidelines, visit: https://www.siww.com.sg/landing-page/nomination-guidelines