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September 7, 2007

Speaker to Talk About the Increasing Pressure for Clean Water

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The leader of an international organization dedicated to water resource management, which has projects in every region of the world, will speak at Smith College later this month.

Margaret Catley-Carlson, chair of the Global Water Partnership, will talk about the “New World of Water” on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.  The event is free and open to the public.

Based in Sweden, the mission of the Global Water Partnership is to support countries in the sustainable management of their water resources. At issue is the increasing demand for water while the amount of available water remains the same.

This comprehensive partnership actively identifies critical knowledge needs at global, regional and national levels, helps design programs to meet those needs and serves as a mechanism for alliance building and information exchange on water resources management.

Formed in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the partnership brings together both public and private institutions, along with government agencies and multilateral development agencies involved in water management.

Catley-Carlson grew up in Canada and has been involved in governmental and international policymaking and programs for more than 30 years.  She was president of the Canadian International Development Agency from 1983 to 1989, the Population Council from 1991 to 1999, and served as deputy minister of health in Canada.

At the global water policy level, Catley-Carlson has served as an assistant secretary general in the United Nations. Currently, she sits on the board of trustees of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and is a member of the International Water Academy in Oslo.

Catley-Carlson’s lecture is sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club, Smith Project on Women and Social Change, the Smith Environmental Science and Policy Program, Smith Health Department, Mt. Holyoke Center for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Environmental Science Department, Earth Action, 20/20 Vision, Tapestry Health System and the New England Coalition for Sustainable Population.

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