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Get ready for business unusual in the world of water

Stockholm World Water Week has come to a close. For me, the essence of the event is the ability to spend time with the diverse global water community: NGOs, multinationals, academics, public sector and civil society.

The meeting of these stakeholder groups is the greatest strength of the event: exchanging ideas and brainstorming new initiatives is what propels us forward in the belief that we can deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, SDG 6, the one that prioritizes universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

During the week, this community identified opportunities to innovate and collaborate, and renewed our sense of urgency about the challenge at hand. I personally committed to bring in stakeholders outside of the water sector to accelerate the introduction of new ideas within the world of water; to encourage new partnerships with unusual suspects; and to proactively engage with the information, communication and technology sector to accelerate the delivery of "digital water" solutions at scale.

Terri Bateman

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