SIWW 2014 – Water Leaders Summit: Closing Session – Jasmine Victorina

16 June 2014

Greetings friends! It’s been a long while since I last blogged about something environmental.. Especially after I’ve graduated from poly where I was a part of the Environmental Club but green (or blue for this instance) subjects will never fail to intrigue me. Earlier this week, I was at the closing session of the Water Leaders Summit of the Singapore International Water Week where talent development, industrial water solutions and commercialisation of technologies took centre stage.


“The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform for sharing and co-creating innovative water solutions. Comprising the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo, Business Forums, Industrial Water Solutions Forum, TechXchange and Hydro-gen, SIWW delivers a range of flagship programmes where global water industry players share the latest in business and technological innovations, as well as policy developments in water. The sixth Singapore International Water Week will be held from 1st to 5th June 2014, in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.”

The closing session of the Water Leaders Summit was a review on the key discussion outcomes derived from the Water Leaders Summit by Summit Chairperson Professor Tommy Koh and remarks by Dialogue Chairs and Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore.

Although I wasn’t around to attend the main portion of the summit which kick-started a day before, I felt that there were many insightful thoughts through the overviews given by the key speakers of the session.

( ^ Above ) Professor Tommy Koh addressing the need for us to come together to support World Toilet Day (19 November) and that how it is not a laughing matter. Most of us (including me) joked about it when we first heard the news of such a day but did you know (according to Prof. Tommy Koh speech) that out of the 7 billion people in the world, 2.5 billion do not have basic sanitation? 2.5 BILLION. That’s a lot of people out there.. And what strikes me was the fact that basic sanitation and toilet facilities are actually depriving women and children of their personal safety. That didn’t crossed my mind till he mentioned it. My perspective of World Toilet Day has definitely changed for the better!

( ^ Above ) Dr. Vivian Balakishnan sharing his personal idea on the future possibility of how we could tap on nature’s mechanics, such like the humble Mangrove trees, to help us in water desalination. He mentioned how his idea may seemed pretty far-fetched at the moment but I’m totally with him because I’ve thought of that too when I was still a frequent visitor of Sungei Buloh. There’s so much we can learn from nature and probably all the answers we need to solve all of man-kind’s problems are just right in front of us.

There were some other points that I found really interesting too but I could go on for a long time and bore you with this post after adding in my wordy opinions so I’m gonna keep it short and sweet! I’ve been to a few other environmental conferences, seminars and forums before but none in particular that focuses on every living creature’s life source – Water. The closing session was only for an hour and a half but I guess that’s all I need to be enriched with facts that I’ve never thought of. I guess its time I (and you too!) spare a little more thought about this “colourless, odourless and tasteless substance” (quoted from Dr. Vivian Balakishnan)!

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