Launch of the Asia Society Leadership Group on Water Security in Asia Report: Asia's Next Challenge: Securing the Region's Water Future

Launch of the Asia Society Leadership Group on Water Security in Asia Report: Asia's Next Challenge: Securing the Region's Water Future

The Asia Society and the Earth Institute at Columbia University invite you to the: Launch of the Asia Society Leadership Group on Water Security in Asia Report: Asia's Next Challenge: Securing the Region's Water Future The global demand for fresh water is soaring as supply is becoming more uncertain. Water-related problems are particularly acute in Asia'the world's most populous continent. As population growth and urbanization rates in Asia continue to rise, stress on the region's water resources will intensify. Climate change is expected to worsen the situation. Experts project that reduced access to fresh water will lead to a cascading set of consequences, including impaired food production, the loss of livelihood security, large-scale migration within and across borders, and increased geopolitical tensions and instabilities. Over time, these effects will have a profound impact on security throughout the region. The report of the Asia Society's Leadership Group on Water Security in Asia considers the security dimensions associated with decreased access to a safe, stable supply of water in Asia and provides a forward-looking agenda aimed at averting a water crisis in the region. Join us as members of the Leadership Group on Water Security discuss the report's findings and recommendations. Speakers: Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University Saleem Ali, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution's Doha Center; Professor of Environmental Planning & Asian Studies, University of Vermont Upmanu Lall, Director, Earth Institute's Water Center, Columbia University Suzanne DiMaggio, Director, Asian Social Issues Program, Asia Society (moderator)

Event Details

17 April 2009
4:00am - 6:00am

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Free Admission