Addressing Access to Safe Water as the Key to Global Health
(w/ Diplomats, Dignitaries, & CEOs in Water, Health & Environment)
Very Inexpensive: : General Registration Fee – $50;
General Reception Fee (Black Tie Optional) – $40
(discounts for faculty/students)
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 worlds 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.
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.
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The High-Level Conference On Water and Global Health at The United Nations Reception
H. E. Amb. Ahmad Kamal, President, Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations
Kizilirmak River Project
Honorable Mayor Melih Gkek, The City of Ankara, Republic of Turkey
Presentation of World Water Awards:
Dr. Elaine Valdov, Executive Director, The World Water Organization (WW0)
Dr. Harold H. S. Oh, Chairman, Executive Board, The World Water Organization (WWO)
World Water Awards
Best Practice Award
Technology Innovation Award
Reception is sponsored by The City of Ankara, Republic of Turkey
Presided by Ms. Shamina de Gonzaga, Former Special Advisor to the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations