Nordea co-hosted an interactive seminar during World Water Week together with SIANI, Stockholm Environmental Institute and SIWI. Experts were invited from different disciplines to discuss solutions and how safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) can contribute to good health.
Carl-Fredrik Flach, professor at the University of Gothenburg, opened the seminar as keynote speaker and emphasized the role of the environment in evolution and surveillance of antibiotic resistant bacteria, underlining that action is needed.
After Carl-Fredrik’s presentation Annika Nordin, SLU, Mark Sprenger, WHO, Damiano de Felice, Access to Medicine Foundation, Steven Hoffman, Global Strategy Lab started a discussion in breakout sessions with all participants of the seminar. Nordea participated in the discussions together with manufactures and procurers. Problems, solutions and incentives were thoroughly discussed and presented.
The event is part of Nordea’s ongoing engagement with the pharmaceutical industry sector. On the problem side there is no single end of the pipe and on the solution side we need companies to disclose relevant information, but also, support from government, regulation and more research. The information exchange and discussions during the WWW fosters an important dialogue between different stakeholders. The event also provides a constructive platform for Nordea’s continued focus on water pollution resulting from pharmaceutical manufacturing and how this drives antimicrobial resistance – an issue as important and urgent as climate change.
Nordea engaging the pharmaceutical industry
Nordea is a game changer for water and has, since 2015, an ongoing engagement with the pharmaceutical industry. Read the article and the latest report commissioned by Nordea from the Changing Markets Foundation highlighting the serious environmental and human health impacts caused by uncontrolled manufacturing discharges from pharmaceutical factories in Hyderabad, India
Nordea is also a member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark Expert Committee on : The AMR Benchmark will track how pharmaceutical companies are responding to the increase in drug resistance and issued its first report at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018. The second report will be published in 2020.
What is World Water Week?
World Water Week is the annual global focal point for water. It is organized by Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI. In 2018, the World Water Week addressed the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”.
Read more at World Water Week’s website
What is AMR?
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, major surgery and cancer chemotherapy is compromised, and infections persist and may spread to others.
Other highlights from World Water Week 2018
Nordea also participated in a panel on water risk assessments hosted by the World Wide Fund and World Resources Institute and spoke at the CEO Water Mandate Annual Multi-Stakeholder Meeting together a variety of experts from the private sector, civil society, governments, and UN agencies.
H.E Amina J Mohamed, Deputy Secretary General, UN was a real highlight on the World Water Week 2018. She emphasized the connection between the SDGs (The UN Sustainable Development Goals) in relation to water and raised the question of how we in terms of water issues get to implementation of scale. Businesses needs to understand the benefits of water. She underlined that World Water Week is an important opportunity to recommit ourselves to address many issues to build more momentum by bringing together many more technical experts of different parts of our global village for the scale.
On Tuesday the 28th of August professors Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht won 2018 Stockholm Water Prize for pioneering microbiological research and innovations that have revolutionized water and wastewater treatment. The Stockholm Water Prize is a global award founded in 1991 and presented annually by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to an individual, organization or institution for outstanding water-related achievements. H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is patron of the prize.