Executive Secretary, Mr. Kim
Hak-Su with Mr. Ali Basaran, WHO Regional Advisor, West and Pacific
Regional Office , at the World Water Day
The United Nations’ World Water Day is held annually on 22 March, to commemorate the
importance of water and emphasize the conservation and management of water
ESCAP organized a special event to commemorate the International World Water Day 2001 with support/participation from the World Health Organization (WHO) on
the theme of "Water and Health”.
An old Chinese
proverb reads “Water is feared less
than fire, yet fewer suffer from fire than water”. In lieu of the grave
numbers affected by contaminated drinking water and inadequate sanitation, Mr.
Terence Thompson, WHO Regional Advisor, South and East Asia Regional
Office, in his statement underscored the need to create awareness, provide
information, empower and motivate the largest possible audience to tackle
The keynote address
on “The Water Cycle” was made by Dr. Suraphol Sudara from Chulalongorn
University . The first session was a panel discussion on "Perspectives of Water and Health: Vision into Action" .
The second session included a discussion on "Water
and Health: Prevention is Better than Cure". The
afternoon session was devoted to "NGOs
and Volunteers: Initiatives on Water Conservation" and
was aimed at evoking a
sense of participation among young Thai students in water conservation and
management initiatives. Presentations were made by various UN agencies and
as International Water Management Institute, the League of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies, Thai Environmental and Communities Development
Association and the Green World Foundation. Mr.
Shigemitsu Tsukamoto, representing the Preparatory Secretariat of the
Third World Water Forum made a slide presentation on the preparations for
the Forum to be held in Japan in 2003.
An exhibition was also
organized for the event on the entitled theme. More than 300
participants from various UN agencies, NGOs, international organizations
and government ministries attended the event.
Information Booth of the Third World Water Forum at the
World Water Day 2001
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