The Delegation of the European Union in the US, the Embassy of Spain, the Inter-American Development Bank and We Are Water Foundation invite you to a seminar on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation for all people. Sustainable water management is one of the key challenges of the 21st century. The importance of clean water cannot be underestimated, as it is directly linked to the realization of many UN Sustainable Development Goals. The expert discussion will also cover the role of gender equality in water and sanitation. This program will explore the leading work the EU and Spain have done in promoting water diplomacy, as well as the work of Human Rights Watch in California.
H.E. Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
H.E. Santiago Cabanas, Ambassador of Spain to the United States
Ana Peláez, Member, UN Committee of Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Dr. Gregory Pierce, Associate Director of Research, Luskin Center for Innovation, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA
Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Former Deputy Undersecratary of Defense (Environmental Security)
Dr. Sri Vedachalam, Director of the Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program, Northeast-Midwest Institute
Carlos Garriga, Project Manager, We Are Water Foundation
Sean Synder, Public Partnerships Manager, UNICEF
9:00: Registration and coffee
9:30: Opening remarks
10:00: Keynote address
10:30: Panel 1: The U.S. Perspective: The Human Right to Water in the U.S. - Lessons from California
11:45: Coffee break
12:00: Panel 2: Exploring linkages between SDG 6 "Water" and SDG 5 "Gender Equality"
1:30: Buffet lunch