Title: High Level Panel
Event type: Plenary
Date: 2010-09-06
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Convenor: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Room: Victoria Hall

Event Description
When "water quality" is mentioned it can invoke many images and perceptions. A water engineer may think of a treatment plant that purifies drinking water for a city. A health professional may fear the dangers of new cocktails of pollutants from consumer products and pharmaceuticals. A businessman may perceive the opportunities to develop new technologies for reusing and recycling water. A researcher may consider the invisible naturally occurring contaminants in groundwater supplies. A dam operator may visualise the build up of sediment behind the dam walls. A coastal fisherman may see the toxic algal blooms destroying his fish stocks. An inhabitant downstream of a mine or industry may smell the putrid discharge where she bathes.

The High Level Panel of the 2010 World Water Week brings together experts and policy makers to discuss many of the perspectives related to the theme of water quality, including how safe and clean water is a pre-requisite for improved health, economic growth, sustainable business and restoration and maintaining of ecosystems. Moderated by Ms. Margaret Catley-Carlson, UNSGAB, the High Level Panel offers an interactive discussion with the panellists and the World Water Week participants on how to translate awareness into action.

Moderator: Ms. Margaret Catley-Carlson, United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

High Level Panel:

Dr. Rita Colwell, Stockholm Water Prize 2010 Laureate

Hon. Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Kenya


Hon. Jorge Patrone, Vice-Minister of Housing, Territorial Development and Environment of Uruguay

Mr. Ravi Singh, CEO and Secretary General, WWF-India

Mr. José Lopez, Executive Vice President Operations, Nestlé

Mr. Björn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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