3 Sep, 2011
When the United Nations General Assembly opens its 66th session this September in New York, water scarcity and its interrelated issues of climate change and drought, global security and sustainable development will be a top priority.
On September 16, 2011, the International Water Forum at the United Nations will convene world leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, and private sector representatives to take the first step toward organizing a worldwide education and awareness campaign on the global water crisis.
Two morning panels will discuss the myriad water issues in the United States as well as water challenges on a global level with the goal of raising worldwide awareness on the use and limitations of today’s water resources. The afternoon panels will channel the outcomes of the morning’s sessions into developing a worldwide education campaign on water issues of the 21st century.
The forum will join policy makers and experts from industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations to work together on generating significant public awareness on today’s water issues with the aim of spurring meaningful reaction around the globe to find sustainable solutions to today’s water challenges. Subsequent anticipated and encouraged actions will likely be in the form of action plans, new policies, expanded media coverage, and the development of viable solutions for addressing the evolving water crisis.