The <a href="https:\/\/www.worldwaterweek.org\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">World Water Week<\/a>, set to be held on August 23 in Stockholm, had been canceled due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.\r\n\r\nIn a statement, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said: "After a great deal of discussion and with much sadness, we have decided to cancel World Water Week 2020 scheduled to take place in Stockholm 23-28 August."\r\n\r\nThis was not an easy decision to make, nor is it one we have taken lightly. This year would have been the 30th anniversary of World Water Week \u2013 but instead, it has been canceled for the first time.\r\n\r\nThe formal decision was taken by SIWI\u2019s Board after closely monitoring both the spread of <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/?s=coronavirus" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">COVID-19<\/a> around the world and the measurements being taken by governments globally.\r\n\r\nIt became clear that the unpredictability of the situation, which is likely to last for many months, would make the planning and execution of World Water Week extremely challenging for SIWI, our community of conveners, our partners and all participants.\r\n\r\n"The well-being of our community is our top priority. Given World Water Week\u2019s global audience and the fact that the coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), we consider that holding a major event like World Water Week would pose an unacceptable risk to the health of our participants." the statement read.\r\n\r\n"We are, as always, committed to serving our community in the best way possible. Organizing and engaging in World Water Week requires large investments in both time and money for everyone involved. Therefore, we wanted to make an early decision rather than taking the risk of a wait-and-see approach."\r\n\r\nThe outstanding contributions to the World Water Week\u2019s program as well as the enthusiasm for this year\u2019s theme \u2018Water and Climate Change: Accelerating Action\u2019 have not gone unnoticed.\r\n\r\n"We have also evaluated the option of hosting an online event this year instead of the event in Stockholm. While we have significantly strengthened World Water Week\u2019s online presence in recent years, we have decided that given the time and resources available, it is not feasible to move the event online while also retaining the important benefits of the on-site event and the quality our community deserves," the statement added.\r\n\r\n"We are delighted to announce that this year\u2019s Stockholm Water Prize Laureate is Professor John Cherry for discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of groundwater vulnerability. We are exploring how to celebrate Dr. John Cherry at World Water Week in 2021," it noted.