On Wednesday 28 August, The King and The Crown Princess attended World Water Week in Stockholm.
During World Water Week, decision-makers and innovators from around the world came to Stockholm to discuss water-related issues. The conference has been arranged each year since 1991, with more than 3,300 attendees coming from 130 countries.
On Wednesday morning, The King and The Crown Princess attended a symposium on the theme 'Finding the flow'. Six researchers and experts spoke about how mankind's interference with natural watercourses has increased rapidly over the last millennium, and how this will affect the future.
The first speaker on stage was Jackie King, winner of the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize. The symposium concluded with all the researchers coming together for a joint panel discussion.
After the symposium, The King and The Crown Princess visited three of the conference's exhibition stands focusing on India, the Netherlands and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
On Wednesday evening, The King and Queen attended the World Water Week banquet and prize-giving ceremony at Stockholm City Hall.
During the evening, The King gave a speech in which he said:
"The Stockholm Water Prize is an important part of World Water Week. It is an opportunity to honour outstanding water-related achievements, and to raise awareness about the sustainable use and protection of the world's water resources.
"Who gets what water? When? And how? This is, in essence, a matter of justice – and of great urgency."
Read The King's speech in full here.
After his speech, The King presented the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize to Dr Jackie King. She received the prize for advancing scientific understanding of water flows and giving decision-makers methods and tools for managing river systems.
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) arranged World Water Week in Stockholm on 25-30 August. The conference saw the involvement of 3,300 people from 130 different countries. This year's theme was 'Water for society – Including all'.