News / Africa

Experts Address Global Water Issues in Stockholm

Multimedia

Audio
Kim Lewis
Over 2,500 leaders and experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and private sector communities are convening this week for the annual World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

The event is sponsored by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI.) It serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences that focus on creating solutions to the diverse global water challenges.
This year’s theme is “Water Cooperation -- Building Partnerships.”

SIWI Executive Director Torgny Holmgren notes the top issues on the agenda.

“First we do see an increased demand for water which means there is a risk for scarcity of water in the next few years to come. Second, we know that urbanization is driving people from rural areas to towns, and there’s a need for huge investments in infrastructure as well as water, in the urban areas of the world. And, three, a number of water resources are shared in- between countries, what we call cross-boundary water. We need to find agreements on how to share common water resources,” he explains.

The institute points out that as the world’s population continues to rapidly grow, there will be more people having to share an already limited supply of water. The convention focuses on water issues in various parts of the world including Africa, where Holmgren says there are a number of challenges.

“One of course is access to safe drinking water and sanitation, which is one of the targets on the millennium development goals right now, where we are progressing on access to safe drinking water, but, still have a long way to go on sanitation,” said Holmgren.

Another big area of concern is irrigation.

The executive director highlighted a practice that is already in place that will allow for better use of water, it is called drip and micro irrigation.

“We know that in a number of countries and areas, we have scarcities of water, and today we can use water smarter and more efficient by drip irrigation,” said Holmgren.

The world’s population is rapidly growing, and projected to swell over 9-billion by the year 2050. Holmgren warns with such an increase, the demand for water will grow by as much as 55-percent.

“Water is a limited resource, so that means we need to find ways and means to use water more efficiently in the future. We know we have areas that have droughts and floods, and we need to find common technical solutions on how to handle that. So water is now becoming a hot topic on the international agenda,” he said.

Holmgren emphasized the importance of sharing ideas -- such as what’s taking place at this week’s convention -- and on finding more efficient methods of using water for households, business and for food.

You May Like

Video Experts Warn World Losing Ebola Fight

Doctors Without Borders says world is losing battle against Ebola, unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams More

Video Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

Many analysts contend the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years More

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

Democracy advocates call on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearancei
X
Elizabeth Lee
September 02, 2014 8:57 PM
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Experts See Rise of ISIS as Significant Development

The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by surprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years. VOA's Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the rise of ISIS and its implications for the Middle East and beyond.
Video

Video Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

AppleAndroid