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World Water Day 2013

“Water cooperation is key to socioeconomic development, poverty eradication, social equity, gender equality and environmental sustainability.” – UN-Water

In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, we have rounded up seven events taking place across the country and online. Details and registration information are below.

Friday, March 22nd

New York (10AM – 5PM EDT)

UN High Level Interactive Dialogue
This event will mark the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation and the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. The goal of the dialogue will be to identify water-related issues that will require stronger political support and cooperation from the international community. Potential strategies to overcome these issues will be explored, along with the role that various stakeholders can play. Lessons learned from the last 20 years since the conception of WWD will be shared. 

Twitter (12PM – 1:30PM EDT)

#AskAg Twitter Chat: Water and Food Security Nexus
USAID will host a Twitter chat with implementing partners on the water-food security nexus with a focus on irrigation and water management for agriculture. The conversation will feature experts from USAID, IDE, Water For People, WASH Advocates, and JW Strategic Consulting. To participate, use the hashtag #AskAg.

Google+ (1:30PM EDT)

World Water Day Google+ Hangout Celebration
Google for Nonprofits, in partnership with Google+, will host a Google+ hangout to discuss the water crisis and actions that need to be taken to solve it. The conversation will include representatives from WaterAid, charity: water, Water.org, Water For People, and will be moderated by YouTube star Justine Ezarik. Viewers are encouraged to contribute to the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #WorldWaterDay2013.

Washington, D.C. (1:30PM – 3:30PM EDT)

U.S. Water Partnership Multiple Use Services Workshop
The U.S. Department of State will host a Water Partnership Multiple Use Services (MUS) workshop to encourage the use of the MUS model and explore scaling MUS adoption with implementers, policymakers, and donors. Click here to RSVP.

Las Vegas

ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP
ONE DROP, the nonprofit established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, will present an original production specially created for a one-night-only performance and dedicated to raise awareness and funds for ONE DROP. The event will be filmed and a 90-minute special will be available for online viewing from March 25-31.

Saturday, March 23rd

Los Angeles (8AM PDT)

World Water Day Awareness Raising
Radio Disney, in partnership with Tetra Tech and Drop in the Bucket, will host the 2013 El Segundo Run for Education, a 5K walk/run to raise awareness about the water crisis.

Chicago (1:30PM – 4PM CDT)

Water: The Global Passport
Surge for Water’s second annual youth summit will convene students between the ages of 13 and 17, along with their adult mentors, for an afternoon workshop to educate participants on the challenges that people from Haiti, Cambodia, and India endure in order to access water. In addition, participants will learn about local water sources, water treatment, and water conservation. 

How will you be celebrating World Water Day? Leave us a comment below or send a tweet to @WASHfunders.

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Attending World Water Week? Join us for a seminar examining the role of U.S. philanthropy in solving the global WASH crisis. Detailed information on the seminar’s theme and structure is below.

Stockholm, Sweden — World Water Week conference venue, room K2

Wednesday, August 29th (9AM – 12:30PM)

Follow @WASHfunders for live tweets at the time of the session

This seminar will describe the unique role of U.S.-based foundations in the WASH sector, particularly how philanthropic capital differs from other funding sources, and how those differences can catalyze further funding, support greater advocacy efforts, and spur innovation. Key topics will include: lessons learned and best practices from funded programs; the role of philanthropy in leveraging resources and working collaboratively to increase funding, sustainability, and effectiveness of programs; and a demonstration of WASHfunders.org. Case studies will be presented by five foundations and their grantees through dialogues about opportunities, successes, and challenges of foundation-funded programs.

Programme
09:00 Opening Remarks and Seminar Overview. Mr. Edmund J. Cain, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

09:10 Overview of U.S. Philanthropy. Mr. Brad Smith & Dr. Seema Shah, The Foundation Center

09:30 Foundation Strategies and Grantee Case Studies on Innovation, Advocacy, Learning and Leveraging of Resources in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector — Opportunities, Successes and Challenges. Moderator: Mr. Brad Smith, The Foundation Center

  • Innovation & Multiple Use Services

Mr. John Thomas, Rockefeller Foundation & Dr. Mary Renwick, Winrock International

  • Advocacy

Dr. Braimah Apambire, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation  & Mr. John Oldfield, WASH Advocates

  • Scale & Sustainability

Mr. Louis Boorstin, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Mr. Ned Breslin, Water For People

  • Learning from Partnerships

Mr. Paul Hicks, Catholic Relief Services & Mr. Peter Lochery, CARE 

  • Reporting & Transparency/Social Entrepreneurship

Mr. David Rothschild, Skoll Foundation & Mr. Ned Breslin, Water For People

11:00 Coffee Break 

11:30 Reflections from Panelists/Attendees; Conversations/Additional Q&A, Moderator: Mr. Brad Smith, The Foundation Center

12:00 Demonstration of WASHfunders.org. Dr. Seema Shah, The Foundation Center

12:20 Conclusions and Way Forward. Mr. Brad Smith, The Foundation Center

12:30 Close of Seminar

For the full seminar listing in the World Water Week online programme, click here.

World Water Day Events in NY and DC

World Water Day on March 22nd is right around the corner and will be marked by several events in New York and Washington D.C. See details and registration information below.

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 21st (8AM – 5PM)

Get Schooled on WASH is a day-long series of learning sessions, ranging from WASH 101 panels for those new to the field to more advanced sessions focusing on sustainability, financing, and partnerships. Each session builds on the one before, but can also be attended as a standalone. Detailed information about each session and registration information can be found here.

Location: World Bank (19th and H Streets, NW)

Thursday, March 22nd (5PM – 7PM)

A Drink to the World: Celebrating Success in Water and Sanitation is an evening celebration in honor of the achievements in the WASH sector. Political and cultural leaders will share personal stories about their work. Speakers will include:

  • Greg Allgood, Director of Children’s Safe Water Drinking Program, Proctor & Gamble
  • Simon Laari, Catholic Relief Service Ghana
  • Peter Lochery, Water Team Director, CARE
  • Treana Peake, Fashion Designer, Obakki Foundation

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Location: Russell Senate Office Building at the Kennedy Caucus Room (Constitution Ave and 1st St, NE)

New York

Friday, March 23rd (9AM – 4:30PM)

Water: The Global Challenge of Our Future is a day-long series of panels featuring academics, members of the private sector, government, the United Nations, and civil society devoted to examining the implications of the WASH crisis in a global context. Keynote speakers will include Forest Whitaker and Alexandra Cousteau.

The event is sponsored by The Melody for Dialogue Among Civilizations Association, in conjunction with NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. For more event and registration information, click here.

Location: New York University’s Center for Global Affairs (15 Barclay Street, 4th Floor)

Planning to attend these or other events on World Water Day? Tweet us about it! Our handle is @WASHfunders and we’d love to hear how you plan to spend World Water Day.

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