SWP Position Paper on Water

Position Paper on Water linked to the public consultation for the Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021 – 2024

The Swiss Water Partnership is delighted to present you the

Four steps how you can contribute to the importance to the human right to water in 10 minutes until 21 August 2017, 17.00 CEST:

  1. Endorse the SWP Position Paper on Water on behalf of your organisation and
  2. Endorse the SWP Position Paper on Water on your own behalf
  3. Share the message with at least three Swiss-based contacts (the message is attached in German, French and Italian)
  4. Write a letter on behalf of your organisation, that you support the SWP position paper and send a PDF- and Word-File to this email: M21-24@eda.admin.ch

Many thanks for emphasizing the importance of water for everyone!


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Human Security Division (HSD) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), together with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), have been working for several months on the draft Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021–24 (DE, FR, IT). This process began in summer 2018 and will continue until the draft is adopted by the Federal Council and by Parliament in 2020.

The FDFA and the EAER have for the first time decided to launch an optional public consultation (DE, FR, IT) in order to gather input from the cantons, political parties, umbrella associations and other stakeholders involved in Switzerland’s international cooperation. The consultation will run until 23 August 2019.

– Cover Letter Public Consultation (by Iganzio Cassis and Guy Parmelin) (DE, FR, IT)
– Draft of the Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021–24 (DE, FR, IT).

In case of any further questions, please contact our focal point Sandra Fürst.

> Read the position paper here.


SWP Member Events at World Water Week

Join the Swiss Water Partnership at World Water Week 2019!

This year the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) will be present at the World Water Week. You are warmly invited to visit the SWP and its present members at the BOOTH B12 in the exhibition hall! Come by for the launches and aperitifs on key topics in water.

Have a look at the SWP Booth Program HERE!

All sessions of the conference of our present SWP members are listed hereafter:

Sunday 25th August 2019

Monday 26th August 2019

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Wednesday 28th August 2019

Thursday 29th August 2019

> Check out the SWP Booth Program Stand B12, Exhibition Hall

Study Tour 2019 - Part 1

Study Tour on Integrated Water Resources Management – Part 1

From 7-13th July 2019 the Swiss Water Partnership organized the study tour for 10 delegates from the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) on the topic of IWRM.

Here is some of the preliminary information (the report will follow):

  1. Study Tour Background and Program
  2. Presentations:

Become a partner of the Swiss Junior Water Prize!

For the third year in a row, Switzerland will be present at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, held every year in Stockholm during the World Water Week. The winner of the Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019, Zamir Borojevic from Binningen, has submitted the Swiss entry with the project “Tardigrades under the Influence of Acidic and Alkaline Solutions and UV-C Radiation”.

The Swiss Junior Water Prize is part of the SWP Youth Strategy and is an example of collaboration among SWP Partners. We encourage our members who wish to support young talents to grow an interest in water subjects to bring your ideas on board and become partners of the Swiss Junior Water Prize.

Please find here a compact description of the prize as well as cooperation and sponsoring possibilities. We will also appreciate for you to disseminate this e-prospect among your network.


General Assembly 2019 - Background Documents

Dear SWP Members

Please find hereafter the presentations from the SWP General Assembly 2019:

Other additional Documents:

Please find hereafter the background documents for the General Assembly on 12th June in Zürich:

In case of any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the SWP Secretariat.


Book a Slot at the SWP Booth | World Water Week 2019

Be part of the Swiss Hub in Stockholm!








The water conference World Water Week (WWW) has moved to the Tele2 Arena this year!

Do you want to be part and take the opportunity to organize a networking aperitif or launch a product? Join the SWP Booth at the new conference location and book a slot during the WWW!

The Swiss Water Partnership offers its members a space to create events, presentations, organize movie screenings or networking aperitifs.

Be part and co-own the booth for 2 hours! Applying the rotating ownership principle, each participating organization will have the opportunity to own the Swiss Booth for a specific time slot during the week.

More detailed information: Call for Swiss Booth Participation 2019.


“Youth Ideas for Water” at Xylem Europe

A group of passionate people ranging from high school students to retired and renowned experts came together in Schaffhausen to exchange on a common interest: water!

The event “Youth Ideas for Water” was organized by the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) and Xylem Inc. within the frame of the “Swiss Junior Water Prize”, aiming to fostering exchange between promising young talents and professionals in the water sector.

The event carried out on 6th March was hosted by Xylem Europe GmbH, one of the main sponsors of the Swiss Junior Water Prize, at their offices in Schaffhausen. These are some highlights among the many interesting aspects that the afternoon had to offer:

  • Luca Schaufelberger, Cynthia Baumann, and Laura Bauer presented the projects they developed to enter the national competition Swiss Youth in Science in 2017 and 2018.
  • The students also focused on efforts and results that have been achieved after their participation in the contest, showing their continued interest in the topics of their research.
  • Christian Zurbrügg (Eawag) presented the SWP Youth Strategy, underlining the importance of engaging youth in the water sector, a goal that was immediately acknowledged by Xylem.
  • Multiple discussions took place between the young generation and the experienced one, paving the way for future support and cooperation possibilities.
  • Professionals from various SWP member organizations gained an inside perspective about the technologies and solutions implemented by Xylem.

“Youth Ideas for Water” was a round success, resulting in a positive experience for all attendees, and encouraging the organization of similar exchange events in the future.


Follow Swiss-JWP on social media:

Further Documents: 

The 5th International Conference on Water , Environment and Climate Change

GIWEH is delighted to announce the upcoming International Conference on Water, Environment and Climate Change. The conference will take place on the 6th to the 8th of April at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Egypt.

With over 400 attendees from civil society, academia, private sector, and government, this conference will be an invaluable networking opportunity. Expert speakers will discuss range of topics related to climate change including water, food and energy security, public private partnerships, water diplomacy, Green Cities and emerging environmental technologies. With a focus on how to implement SDG targets for water and climate change in the Arab region, the conference will also highlight the need for innovative leadership and Public Private Partnerships.

To find out more about the conference and to register, please go to http://www.wecc2019.com/.

We look forward to the insights and contributions that our speakers and you, our guests will bring to these complicated and pressing issues.

Stockholm World Water Week 2018

378 organizations, 238 Sessions, 3339 Participants, 135 Countries, 15 Themes

This year, once more, the SWP and its members had a strong presence at the Stockholm World Water Week 2018. It was not only due to the interactive and dynamic events at the booth, but also due to the participation in various sessions and side events.

The week started with a Kick-Off Dinner for the 16 participating SWP Members. 8 SWP members contributed to a lively atmosphere at the SWP Booth with their varied presentations. The topics were centered around youth, entrepreneurship and Blue Peace. The booth was officially opened by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swiss Embassy in Sweden and the SWP on Monday evening. The daily presentations ranged from an inter-generational dialogue on water and peace, to the launch of publications and tools on safe water, to presenting specific initiatives and integrating the youth (Start-Ups for Young Water Solutions and the presence of the Swiss Junior Water Prize).

The stand served as a “Swiss Hub” allowing space for networking, meetings and strengthening the promotion of the SWP members knowhow.

Besides the dynamic and well visited booth, the SWP co-organized a Dinner-Discussion on Water and Peace with the Embassy with ministers from different regions.  Further, the SWP co-convened 2 sessions at the conference involving a total of 9 SWP members.

The first session addressed challenges to unlock financing for Nature Based Solutions for Water (NbSW) and the second session was a market place showing 5 smart approaches of NbSW that contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction.

The SWP members were also published in the official daily newspaper of the conference “Water Front” on Wednesday 29th August 2018, p.3 and video recorded by the Stockholm International Water Institute SIWI (Links: https://vimeo.com/287040558 ; https://vimeo.com/287036496)

The Swiss Junior Water Prize Finalist Laura Bauer took part in the international finals for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Impressions can be seen here.

Overall, the strong SWP presence contributed to the promotion of SWP members’ expertise and the exposure of the Swiss high quality solutions.