Wordl Water Forum, Istandbul 2009
The official Forum site: http://www.worldwaterforum5.org/
On the home page, about halfway down below, is a clickable square that says "join the Virtual Meeting Space (VMS)). Click on that button and it will take you to the main page of that space. You may have to create a login name to do so (but, it is free and immediate). The main page of that space, at the bottom of the page, has a section entitled "Latest Documents Uploaded". The first document in that list is the latest version of the inside
program, in a pdf form.
'Business Action for Water'
It looks like there will be a coordinated corporate lobby
effort under the umbrella of 'Business Action for Water', involving
the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Business
Council for Sustainable Development, Aquafed, Tusiad and BIAC, and the
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD...http://finchannel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30888&Itemid=13
ICC to provide voice of business at World Water Forum
03/03/2009 10:50 (23:40 minutes ago)
The FINANCIAL -- A global water crisis exacerbated by economic
conditions and climate change makes it critical to raise the political
profile of water. The upcoming 5th World Water Forum will provide an
excellent opportunity to review the scale of water resources seriously
threatened by population growth, land use changes and pollution, ICC
underscored in a discussion paper.
According to ICC, the Forum to take place in Istanbul March 16 - 22,
should examine issues including water management and conservation, the
role of business as a user of water resources and services, and the
interconnectivity of water issues.
?Water is a resource that is vital to businesses both for their own
survival as well as their contribution to society?s needs,? said Guy
Sebban, ICC Secretary General. ?Population growth, urbanization and
improving lifestyles, with their attendant demands for water, are
increasingly exacerbated by global economic conditions and climate
Initially developed for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
in 2004 and 2005, the renewed version of Business Action for Water
will represent business at the Forum and facilitate business input.
ICC partners with the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development, Aquafed, Tusiad and BIAC, the Business and Industry
Advisory Committee to the OECD in the project.
ICC stressed that the poorest populations need to have access to safe
drinking water, sanitation, and other water services.
Businesses around the world, as major users of water resources and
providers of water related technology, equipment and services, have
considerable skills to bring to the Forum?s discussions. ?Business is
committed to creating technological solutions that solve problems and
make economic sense,? said Mr Sebban.
But ICC believes that governments need to take a more integrated
approach to international water policy, strategy, planning and
decision making, incorporating not only water and waste management but
also key elements of agricultural, energy, and industrial usage.
The current financial crisis underscores the urgency of sustainable
development that emphasizes a mutually reinforcing balance of
economic, social and environmental progress, Mr Sebban said. ?Many
businesses have brought the concept of sustainable development into
their operations, recognizing the clear business and social benefits?.