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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, a program that combines international journalism and teaching at the University of St Thomas, in Minnesota, USA. He has served as a correspondent for the Public Broadcasting System's PBS NewsHour since 1985. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle. Fred has reported from 62 countries,mostly from the Global South: from Haiti to sub-Saharan Africa to south Asia, with a focus on stories that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media. Where possible his reporting seeks solutions-oriented narratives in the coverage of the myriad issues related to poverty and human suffering. As such, he has forged partnerships with many social enterprises that are dedicated to tackling these issues.
  • 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
    Gidon Bromberg, Co-founder and co-director of EcoPeace Middle East, an Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental peacbuilding 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 is an attorney by profession and previously worked in public interest environmental law. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a law degree from Monash University in Australia. As a fellow of the New Israel Fund, he completed a master's degree in international environmental law at the American University in Washington D.C. and has published over twenty academic and popular publications concerning Middle East environmental policy and water security issues. 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.