It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you all to the 12th Stockholm Water Symposium and to the World Water Week. This annual event has indeed developed dramatically from its beginning in 1991 until today. I doubt that any of the 200 participants in the first Symposium could then imagine the size of the event today, or the importance it has had over the years for the international policy debate on water-related issues. Today, we are very grateful to those involved, in the city of Stockholm and in the Stockholm Water Company and amongst the founding companies, for the far-sighted decision in 1990 to start the Stockholm Water Symposium and to establish the Stockholm Water Prize.

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