UPI to Host Newsmaker Forum on Water-Related Illnesses

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Oyster Adams Bi-Lingual Elementary School Agua = Paz members are the newest panelists to join United Press International's (UPI) Our Water forum, held September 23, 2009. Our Water will bring together notable experts to discuss problems and solutions related to the global water crisis.

Oyster Adams Bi-Lingual Elementary School Agua = Paz club members will join the panel for Our Water, a multimedia newsmaker event focused on preventable water-related illnesses hosted by United Press International, September 23, 2009 from 11am-2pm on the first floor of the Verizon Bldg, 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, DC.

The Our Water panel will include 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.

The Agua = Paz (water = peace) club is a partnership between a local chapter of H2O for Life and USELESS. H2O for Life matches North American schools to support schools in need of drinking water and sanitation. USELESS (Use Less Give More) is a social venture and movement designed to help people reduce consumption. USELESS gives 10% of its profits to fund water and sanitation projects overseas.

Other participating experts, advocates, and members of the media include:

  •     Joseph B. Treaster, UPI Global Water Issues columnist
  •     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

RSVPs are still being accepted for those interested in attending Our Water. Send an email with your name and the organization you represent to LHodge@upi.com.
For details, including a press packet, refer to the event information page and 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 UPI.com.

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