UPI to Host Newsmaker Forum on Water-related Illnesses

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United Press International will host Our Water, a multimedia newsmaker event focused on preventable water-related illnesses, September 23, 2009 from 11am-2pm on the first floor of the Verizon Bldg, 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, DC.

United Press International will host Our Water, a multimedia newsmaker event focused on preventable water-related illnesses, September 23, 2009 from 11am-2pm on the first floor of the Verizon Bldg, 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, DC.

Our Water will include a panel representing people and organizations actively working to solve problems arising from the lack of clean drinking water. Nearly 1 billion people around the world do not have regular access to clean drinking water. The United Nations and other groups regard the problem as a developmental and humanitarian crisis.

Participating experts, advocates, and members of the media include UPI Global Water Issues columnists Joseph B. Treaster and John Sauer. Mr. Treaster also serves as the editor of 1H2O.org and a Knight Chair at the University of Miami's School of Communication. Mr. Sauer is also the Communications Director for Water Advocates. Representatives from other organizations include:

  • Katherine Bliss, PhD, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Americas Program and Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center
  • Sally Cowal, Senior Vice President and Chief Liaison Officer at Population Services International (PSI)
  • Paul Faeth, Global Water Challenge, President
  • Abul Hussam, George Mason University, Professor and Director of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Omar Khan, MD MHS, American Public Health Association (APHA), International Program Chair
  • Becky Straw, charity:water, Water Projects Director

For details, including a press packet, refer to the event information page and view the Our Water video. Keep up to date on the global water crisis by visiting UPI's Global Water Issues Feature, and submit your own story on water by visiting upiu.com.

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