Sharing Water

You’re Invited: Sharing Water Event

SHARING WATER

A North American Regional Process Event
for the 8th World Water Forum

Monday, June 5, 2017
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Followed by Cocktail Reception

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC
RSVP to waterforourfuture@wwfus.org

The Coca-Cola Company, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and World Water Council invite you to participate in a day of panel discussions, high-level conversations and networking to explore pressing water challenges and solutions. By working together, we hope to catalyze action at a greater scale to value, conserve and protect the planet’s fresh water. The outputs of this event will help shape the thematic agenda for the 8th World Water Forum, which will take place in March 2018 in Brazil. Additional agenda details are below.

 

AGENDA

8:30 AM      REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST 

9:00 AM      WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
                    • Sheila Bonini, SVP Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund
• Bruce Karas, VP Environment, Sustainability, Safety & Technical Information, Coca-­‐Cola

9:30 AM      KEYNOTE
• Dr. Peter Grevatt, Director of EPA’S Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
• Amanda Rosseter, Former CNN Correspondent (moderator)

10:15 AM     PANEL DISCUSSION: WATER, DEVELOPMENT, AND FINANCE 

Water is essential to growth, and yet, as countries develop, decisions are often made that compromise freshwater resources. In the same vein, one quarter of the world’s population faces economic water shortages, which is caused by a lack of investment in infrastructure or insufficient human capacity to satisfy water demand. Strong, integrated water resources management, institutions and infrastructure are all crucial to making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and requires a mix of investments and actions from governments, the private sector, and international development actors. This panel will explore the linkages between water efficiency, water infrastructure, water stewardship and sustainable development, while also discussing financing mechanisms and innovative investments.

Panelists:

  • George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water (stage setter)
  • Jan Cassin, Director, Water Initiative Forest Trends (moderator)
  • Eric Letsinger, Founder, Qualified Ventures
  • Kumar Ranganathan, Senior Director and Practice Lead for Water & Sanitation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Jennifer Sara, Director for the Water Global Practice, World Bank Panel

11:45 AM     LUNCH

12:30            INTERVIEW  

An  update  on  the  water  issue  in  Flint  and  reflections  on  the  lessons  learned  from  it.  Mayor  Weaver  will  share her  experience  leading  the  city  through  this  crisis  and  rebuilding  the  trust  and  safety  of  citizens,  as  well  as  the steps  taken  and  still  needed  to  address  the  water  issue.

•  Dr. Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint
• Amanda Rosseter, Former CNN Correspondent (moderator)

1:00 PM        PANEL DISCUSSION: WATER AND PEOPLE 

The water crisis is a humanitarian issue. More than 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water and 1 in 3 don’t have access to a toilet. Unsafe drinking water kills more people than war does. Unfortunately, installing taps and toilets is not sufficient to address this challenge; as much as 30-50% of WASH projects fail after two to five years. To meet the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, we must find ways to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for the health of people and the planet. This panel will explore new models and ideas about securing water for people in the context of their basin.

Panelists:

  • Tim Prewitt, Chief Executive Officer, International Development Enterprises (iDE) (stage
    setter)
  • Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Director, Circle of Blue (moderator)
  • Sergio Campos, Water and Sanitation Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Eileen O’Neil, Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
  • James Peters, Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, including Global Water Coordinator duties, USAID
  • Sarina Prabassi, Chief Executive Officer, WaterAid America

2:30 PM         PREPARING FOR THE 8TH WORLD WATER FORUM
A  brief  presentation  will  underscore  connections  between  North  American  water-­‐related  issues
and  the  upcoming  global  event.

   • Karin Krchnak, World Water Council

 3:00 PM           COFFEE BREAK

 3:30 PM            PANEL DISCUSSION: SHARING WATER

Water is the quintessential shared resource. From businesses to indigenous communities, growing municipalities to disappearing wildlife, we all need water and often depend on the same source to meet our varied needs. Sometimes that source even crosses political boundaries. This communal dependence has the potential to bring otherwise competitive users together, or—especially when negative impacts disproportionally affect the most vulnerable users—lead to conflict. As the overarching theme of the 8th World Water Forum, this panel will focus on Sharing Water across people, businesses and nature.

Panelists:

  • Al Duda, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (moderator)
  • Steffen Hansen, Environmental Specialist, Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
  • Greg Koch, Senior Director of Global Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Karin Krchnak, Director, Freshwater, World Wildlife Fund
  • Aaron Salzberg, Special Coordinator for Water Resources in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science Affairs (OES), United States Department of State

5:15 PM             CLOSING REMARKS & RECEPTION