On Wednesday 29 August, The Crown Princess presented the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize to Professor Bruce Rittmann and Professor Mark van Loosdrecht during a ceremony at Stockholm City Hall.
The ceremony began with Peter Forssman, Chairman of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the Stockholm Water Foundation, welcoming the attendees.
The Crown Princess then presented the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize to Professor Bruce Rittmann and Professor Mark van Loosdrecht. Professor Rittmann is known for his work within biofilms and their applications for cleaning contaminated water, land and ecosystems. Professor van Loosdrecht has created Nereda, a wastewater treatment solution devised in partnership with Delft University of Technology, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA) and Royal HaskoningDHV.
The Crown Princess is one of 17 advocates for the UN's global sustainable development goals, Agenda 2030. The ceremony concluded with The Crown Princess giving a speech, in which she emphasised the importance of working with Agenda 2030, saying that: "Access to clean water is an important goal in itself. But at the same time it is a prerequisite for the fulfilment of all the other goals. To put it simply: a sustainable future is fuelled by clean water."
Read The Crown Princess's speech here.
From 26 to 31 August, experts, decision-makers and innovators from around the world came to Stockholm to discuss water-related issues during World Water Week, a global water conference arranged by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
This year's theme was Water, ecosystems and human development.
The Crown Princess is one of 17 members of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group. The group's task is to promote the UN's sustainable development goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways.
The Crown Princess mainly works with issues relating to water and health.
Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's website.