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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Water Scarcity And The Human Right To Water

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Session Description

In recent years the right to water has grown in importance as a moral, religious, legal and practical question and as a tool for tackling water scarcity. Join thought leaders, academics, activists and social entrepreneurs for a revealing discussion about the barriers and opportunities presented by the human rights agenda. We expect vigorous discussion around issues such as charging the poor for water, privatisation, local control of water management, and the rights and duties of government, farmers, and the urban poor in water management.


When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
    Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project, an international journalism program based at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has served the PBS NewsHour as a correspondent since 1985 and was a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle. Fred has reported from 67 countries focused on stories and issues that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media, with particular emphasis on social innovation and entrepreneurship aimed at alleviating poverty. Fred is the recipient of two honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He serves on the board of Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service and also has served on the boards of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul. He is married and has three children.
  • Gary White Speaker
    CEO and Co-Founder,
    Gary White is the CEO and Co-founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. White has led since its founding in 1990 and has positioned it as an innovative leader in the global water supply and sanitation space. He developed’s WaterCredit Program, creating new financing tools for people at the base of the economic pyramid to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. White is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. White is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates. White's educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
  • Gidon Bromberg Speaker
    Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East
    Mr. Gidon Bromberg is the co-founder and co-director of EcoPeace Middle East, an Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental peacebuilding organization. Together with his Palestinian and Jordanian co-directors he was honored by TIME Magazine as Environmental Heroe of 2008 and was granted the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009, in addition to numerous other awards over the years. Mr. Bromberg speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues in various forums. He has presented before the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament and the advisory meeting to the UN High Level Panel on Security. In 2007, Mr. Bromberg was invited to join the prestigious East West Institute's International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy. In 2007 he was awarded a Fellowship at Yale University on global leadership and was in invited by Yale University in 2009 to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the World Fellows Program.
  • Peter Gleick Speaker
    President, Pacific Institute
    Dr. Gleick is co-founder and President of the highly regarded Pacific Institute in California and a global leader on water. His work addresses the ties between water and health, human rights, climate change, globalisation, and international conflicts. Dr. Gleick has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, was named “a visionary” by the BBC, and “one of 15 people the next President should listen to” by Wired Magazine.