In my last post I talked a little bit about the many opportunities you will have as a student in Sweden. Now I decided to share one of mine own with you. In the end of August I had the chance to attend the World Water Week 2018 and is was a great experience in many ways. The event made a true effort to be inclusive and innovative, having always one speaker representing women and the youth and presenting sessions with different formats.
My favorite session was one presented by the UN-water to discuss the 2030 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals and what it means to “leave no one behind”, one the things they most advocate: reducing inequality. There, we listened 3 different histories of indigenous and refugees struggling to have clean and safe water (people from Canada, Guatemala and South Sudan). It got me thinking how we need to listen to real histories to understand the urgency of the problems and the need for action in distinct realities.
One of the best parts of the conference was to see how different initiatives are tackling water issues and all its complexity. Besides that, I met so many interesting people, new possible professional contacts and had a broad picture of one of my areas of study. To get in you usually need to pay a fee, but as a said before you can apply to be a volunteer. Besides that, the first day of the event was dedicated to youth and thus the entrance was free for us on that day. The World Water Week happens every August in Stockholm, as well as many other conferences throughout the year you can get attend, just imagine the possibilities!!