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Briefing On A New Web Resource To address Global Drinking Water Crisis


WHAT: Diseases caused by unsafe drinking water are among the world’s most serious public health threats, accounting for nearly 80 percent of illnesses in developing countries and killing millions of people – mostly children – each year.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Global Health and Education Foundation are joining with more than 125 science, engineering, and medical academies around the world to take action on the drinking water crisis faced by many countries by launching the Web site “Safe Drinking Water Is Essential,”

A public briefing will be held to discuss this valuable Web resource, the first tool of its kind to provide international decision-makers with peer-reviewed scientific and technical information about drinking water distribution and treatment options.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007

11 a.m.-- noon EDT

WHERE: Murrow Room

National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC

WHO: Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

Kenneth Behring, Founder, Global Health and Education Foundation

Peter Gleick, President, Pacific Institute

José Tundisi, President, International Ecological Institute

Hamé Watt, International Water Supply and Sanitation Consultant

Reporters who are unable to attend the briefing may listen to a live audio Web cast and submit questions using an e-mail form at on September 12 from 11 a.m. to noon EDT.


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