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The Tide is Turning on Water

…some restaurants are stopping its sale, one bottle at a time…

The Washington Post reported yesterday that some restaurants are no longer selling bottled water. New York’s Del Posto does not allow sharing/selling bottled Perrier or San Pellegrino.  The compelling argument relates to the absurdity of moving water all over the world, as well as costs involved in transportation and packaging, not to mention the environmental debris that results, such that beverage companies like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestle etc., are seeing their sales drop while negative consumer and environmental movements gain the upper hand.

Morevoer, water scarcity is raising fears that prices could increase down the road. “Water is the new oil,” said Steve Dixon, who manages the Global Beverage Fund at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, repeating what has become a mantra as climate change and population growth tax water supplies.

Statistics show that about 33% of the world’s people live in water-stressed/water-scarce areas; the percentage likely to rise as the years pass.  Thus issues of sustainability will become more challenging as more and more water will need to be harvested to meet the demand…if it rises.

Water is still cheap, but that is changing.”It is currently not a very big cost. The issue is where it will it go in the future,” said Andy Wales, head of sustainable development for brewer SABMiller, which used 94.5 billion liters of water in its latest fiscal year. That works out to 4.5 liters for every liter of beer it made.

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Water scarcity and its relationship to the Millennium Development Goals

One of the targets (3) is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.  The steps being taken now at the individual level could go  a long way towards meeting this goal.


Target 1:
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources

Target 2:
Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

Target 3:
Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

Target 4:
By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers


Water and the Clinton Global Initiative 2008

Clinton Global Initiative 2008

Global Health

Investment in health not only alleviates suffering, but increases human capital and helps avoid inter-generational transmission of poverty. This year’s program will highlight opportunities to dramatically improve global health with existing tools and knowledge.

There is much to do. Unclean water and poor sanitation directly cause millions of deaths each year. Lack of basic nutrition kills 3.5 million children under the age of five, annually. Disease burdens borne by adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately harsh, and in turn are passed on to their own children. Facing these challenges head-on will require a massive investment to expand the health workforce in developing countries by four million people.

There are many promising opportunities to make a difference in each of these areas.

The Global Health Working Group sessions will address:

* Expanding provision of safe drinking water and sanitation
* Ensuring that mothers and their children have adequate nutrition
* Helping adolescent girls care for themselves and their families
* Training and managing the largest expansion of health workers in history


Integrated Solutions – Water, Food, Energy

Closing remarks by Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, UK on Globalisation and the Creation of a Global Peace Corps

“Let us change the world, together” said Gordon Brown at the end of a riveting speech on globalization at the Clinton Global Initiative.


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Competition for Water Videos

Water videos for Sustainable Development

The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) is organizing the International “Water and Film” Events that will take
place in Istanbul in 2009, within the context of the 5th World Water Forum.
First prize: 2000$US
Second prize: 1500$US
Third prize: 1000$US

Deadline: 15 June 2008

For more information on eligibility criteria, etc, READ MORE HERE

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