The Crown Princess presents the Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Crown Princess gave an opening speech and presented the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020.

The Crown Princess gave an opening speech and presented the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020. Photo: Victor Ericsson/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Tuesday 25 August, The Crown Princess gave the opening speech at this year's digital prize-giving ceremony for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prizeexternal link, opens in new window (SJWP) is an international science prize aimed at young people aged between 15 and 20. Participants from around 30 different countries took part in the competition, which was arranged in connection with the annual World Water Week in Stockholm.

This year's winners of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize were Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki from Japan, who had come up with a creative solution to combat soil erosion.

The Crown Princess has been patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize since 1994.

World Water Week 2020

World Water Week 2020 took place on 24-28 August, this year in a digital format under the name WWWeek At Home. Experts, decision-makers and innovators from around the world came together digitally to discuss water-related issues during World Water Weekexternal link, opens in new window, a global water conference arranged by the Stockholm International Water Instituteexternal link, opens in new window (SIWI).

The UN's global sustainable development goals

In January 2016, the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Crown Princess as one of 17 advocates for the work involved with the UN's sustainable development goals. The advocates' task is to promote the UN's sustainable development goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways. Since 2019, The Crown Princess has been part of the alumni groupexternal link, opens in new window.

As an alumnus, The Crown Princess will continue to focus in particular on work relating to the sea and fishing.

Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's websiteexternal link, opens in new window.