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Trude  Onsdag 4. Mars 2009, kl. 16:09

Wordl Water Forum, Istandbul 2009

The official Forum site:   

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...

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?.