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Program

Water in a Changing World of Growth Opportunities

Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 2:00 p.m., Annex

Hosted by UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication

Water is the common denominator across all aspects of inclusive green growth, such as poverty reduction, food and energy security, industrial growth, and protection of ecosystems. But water security remains elusive in many countries. At the local level, recent changes in demography and landscape - from urbanization to climate change - have increased the demand for water and have degraded water supplies. At the global level, ongoing financial, food, and energy crises have amplified water challenges. Losses from water-related disasters are reversing the patterns of growth and development achieved over the past decades.

In this rapidly changing world, there are sizable opportunities for water investments that can generate massive benefits for populations and countries. Governments and businesses are realizing that smart investments in water resources and water services can drive growth while reducing poverty and adverse economic impacts.

This workshop aims to demonstrate that innovative policy, technology and business solutions exist. However, what must governments do to reform policy? How can development organizations strengthen their support? How can business pursue longer-term investment opportunities in water?

Moderation:

Maestu, Josefina
Coordinator, UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), Director, United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

Panelists:

Bouman-Dentener, Alice
President, Women for Water Partnership

Castillo, Vietor
Scientific Affairs Officer, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Secretariat , Bonn, Germany

Hoegen, Monika
Journalist, Brussels/Cologne, Belgium/Germany

Ogunseye, Toyosi
Editor, The Sunday Punch, Lagos, Nigeria

So, Jaehyang
Manager, Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank, Washington, D.C., United States

Complete workshop on soundcloud:

WS34 - Water in a Changing World of Growth Opportunities