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THE HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON WATER AND
GLOBAL HEALTH AT THE UNITED NATIONS

April 8-9, 2010
United Nations Headquarters
New York City




Program Information:

THE HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON WATER
AND GLOBAL HEALTH AT THE UNITED NATIONS


Addressing Access to Safe Water as the Key to Global Health

Today, lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation is one of the most important threats to human well-being throughout the world. Water-related diseases are a major contributor to the global burden of illness. No other single intervention is more likely to have a significant impact on global health than the provision of safe water. This timely conference at the United Nations seeks to show how to fully integrate safe water in countries' disease reduction strategies --- a pre-requisite to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The conference also seeks to provide the basis for preventive action by leaders of governments, international organizations, and private sector, managing critical water resources and services for public health.

"Almost fifty per cent of the developing world's population ?2.5 billion people ?lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day, and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more."
?UNICEF Website

"Diseases spread by unsafe water cause 3 million deaths a year. Young children are the most likely to suffer and die from these diseases. Diarrhea, primarily a disease of dirty water, is the biggest killer of children under five in poor countries, resulting in nearly 4,000 preventable deaths each day, 1.8 million per year. At any given time, almost half of all people living in developing countries are suffering from a health problem caused by lack of safe water and sanitation that undermines their ability to study or work. Every year, children miss more than 443 million school days because of water-related illnesses."
?Partners in Health Website




THE HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON WATER
AND GLOBAL HEALTH AT THE UNITED NATIONS


Addressing Access to Safe Water as the Key to Global Health

:: SPEAKER BIOS ::

Sponsored by:
The Permanent Mission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations
The City of Ankara, Republic of Turkey


April 8-9, 2010
United Nations Headquarters
New York City
Conference Room 2

Thursday, April 8, 2010
9:00 AM Registration
10:00-11:00 Conference Opening / Music

Presided by H.E. Amb. Waheed Waheedullah, Deputy Chairman, Executive Board The World Water Organization

WWO Welcome: Dr. Harold H. S. Oh
Chairman, Executive Board, The World Water Organization
Mission Address: Mr. Reta Alemu Nega
Charge d' affairs ad Interim,
The Permanent Mission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Key Note Address: H. E. Amb. Cheick Sidi Diarra
United Nations Under Secretary General
and High Representative to the Secretary General
for the Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing Countries
and Land-Locked Developing States
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-1:00 Session 1: Water and Global Health Crisis

Presided by Dr. Elaine Valdov, Executive Director, The World Water Organization


Speakers:

Dr. Nichil Chandavarkar
Director, UN Water

Dr. Kellogg Schwab
Director, Center for Water and Health, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Mike Magee
President, Healthy-Waters

Question and Answer Session
1:00-3:00 Lunch
3:00-4:20 Session 2: Water and Health in Developing Countries

Presided by Dr. Andrew Yager Officer in Charge, Water, Energy, and Strategies
Department of Sustainable Development, The United Nations
Member, Executive Board, The World Water Organization

Speakers:

Prof. Paul Sherlock
Sr. Humanitarian Rep., Oxfam GB
Former Sr.Advisor, Emergencies and IASC Global WASH Lead / UNICEF
Member, High Level Expert Panel on Water and Disasters
(Part of UN Secretary Generalís Advisory Board on Water)

Mr. Ron Clemmerl
Director, World Vision U.S. WASH Program
WV International Global Water Initiative

Ms. Donna Barry
Director, Advocacy and Policy,
Partners in Health

4:20-4:30 Break
4:30-6:00

Session 3: Global Action in Water and Health

Presided by Ms. Shamina de Gonzaga, Director,
World Council of Peoples for the United Nations / Former Special Adviser on NGO Relations,
Office of the President of the General Assembly

Speakers:

Dr. Babar Kibir
Director, BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (WASH)
and BRAC Disaster, Environment and Climate Change Programme (DECC)

Mr. Peter Karlen
Vice President, Earth Water Global

Dr. Paul Mankiewicz
Director, The Gaia Institute

Question and Answer Session

 

   
   
4:30-6:00 Session 3: Global Action in Water and Health

Presided by Ms. Shamina de Gonzaga, ODirector, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations / Former Special Adviser on NGO Relations, Office of the President of the General Assembly


Speakersl:

Dr. Babar Kibir
Director, BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (WASH) and BRAC Disaster,
Environment and Climate Change Programme (DECC)

Mr. Peter Karlen
Vice President, Earth Water Global

Dr. Paul Mankiewicz
Director, The Gaia Institute

Question and Answer Session





THE HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON WATER AND GLOBAL HEALTH AT THE UNITED NATIONS

RECEPTION

6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, April 8, 2010
United Nations Delegates Dining Room

Hosted by:
H. E. Amb. Waheed Waheedullah, Deputy Chairman, Executive Board
The World Water Organization

WORLD WATER AWARD CEREMONY

Presided by Dr. Elaine Valdov, Executive Director, The World Water Organization
Dr. Harold H. S. Oh, Chairman, Executive Board, The World Water Organization



 Music by AMS Quartet
Sponsored by The City of Ankara, Republic of Turkey




Friday, April 9, 2010
9:30-11:00

Session 4: Water and Health in Disasters and Conflicts

Presided by Mr. George Assad, Managing Director, TSUNAMI Hospital Foundation

Speakers:

Ms. Theresa Bischoff
Director, American Red Cross of Greater New York

Dr. Patricia Meinhardt
Director, Center of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Arnot Health

Ms. Judith Kimerling, Esq.
Professor, Law and Political Science, City University of New York

Question and Answer Session

11:00-11:10 Break
11:10-11: 30

Special Session

Presided by H. E. Amb. Waheed Waheedullah,
Deputy Chairman, Executive Board
The World Water Organization

Special AddressEffective Governance and Capacity Building for Safe Water

Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Former Governor of New Jersey / Former Administrator,
U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency
/ President,
The Whitman Strategy Group / Chair, Water Policy Institute

 

11:30-1:00

Session 5: Capacity Building

Presided by Dr. Mostafa Analoui, Head of Healthcare and Life Science Division,
The Livingston Group / Adjunct Professor of Oral Medicine, Pathology and Radiology Indiana University School of Medicine

Speakers:

Mr. Kurt Soderlund
President, Safe Water Network

Dr. Sharon Nunes
Vice President, Big Green Innovations, IBM

Mr. Charles Gordon
President - CEO, Siemens Water Technologies Corp.

Question and Answer Session

1:00-3:00 Lunch
3:00-4:30

Session 6: Going Forward

Presided by Dr. Mourad Belguedj, Senior Energy Advisor, The World Bank
Deputy Chairman, Executive Board, The World Water Organization

Speakers:

Dr. Rita Colwell
Professor, University of Maryland / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Winner, 2010 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr. Evan Thomas
NASA Aerospace Engineer
Executive Vice President, Manna Energy

Dr. Dickson D. Despommier
Professor, Infectious Disease Ecologist, Environmental Health Sciences
and  Microbiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Question and Answer Session

4:30-4:45 Break
4:45-6:00 Conference Closing

Presided by: Dr. Elaine Valdov, Executive Director, The World Water Organization

Closing Address: Dr. Sonia Erlich Sachs
Senior Health Scientist, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Film Screening Running Dry: Beyond the Brink, directed and produced by Mr. Jim Thebaut
   
   



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