If water is life, what do we do when it runs out?

As the global population grows and climate change affects rainfall and temperatures, it is more important than ever to focus on access to safe water and sanitation. In this International Year of Sanitation, safe drinking water and a toilet is something that most Australians take for granted. But globally, these are still life and death issues.

Some 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, including 1.2 billion who have no facilities at all. More than one billion people do not have access to safe, clean water. Water and sanitation are fundamental to health, to gender equity, to economic development and to security. So where should our priorities be? What investments will make most impact on child health? On reducing women’s workload? How should we share and manage water resources to ensure equitable access and prevent conflict? What can we learn from approaches in our region? What are the links between land ownership, water management and food security? This forum will explore these issues and more.

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  • Venue BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC ,
  • Date & time 29/10/2008 7:00:00 PM