Noha Shawki and Julian Westerhout and a group of 12 political science students attended World Water Week from August 28 until September 2.
World Water Week is an annual event held in Stockholm, Sweden, that brings together several thousand participants representing the full range of stakeholders (governments, international organizations, the scientific and research community, the private sector, and civil society) to discuss global water issues from different perspectives, share experiences, and develop solutions that can address global water problems, which impact a variety of other sectors such as agriculture and food security, energy, and public health.
Students read a variety of materials and completed reading summaries and reflections over the summer in preparation for attending World Water Week. The readings were selected to help students think about and understand critical sustainability issues from a global perspective, using water as a lens through which to study sustainable development. The readings encouraged students to study and engage with environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainable development, and attending World Water Week provided them with the opportunity to engage with the global discourse surrounding sustainable development.