Access to clean water and sanitation is a keystone for any society’s longevity, yet a staggering portion of people today lack access to these resources.
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
General Session: Water Resources and the Impact on the Economy
Synopsis: Access to clean water and sanitation is a keystone for any society’s longevity, yet a staggering portion of people today lack access to these resources. Freshwater is a limited resource that faces growing global demand, exacerbated by the impacts of climate change and underinvestment in water and wastewater infrastructure.
According to the World Health Organization, one in three people (2.2 billion) do not have access to safe drinking water and roughly double that (4.2 billion) lack access to safely managed sanitation. Today one-quarter of the world faces extremely high-water stress (>80% of the available supply is withdrawn every year) and over 800,000 people in low- and middle-income countries die each year as a result of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Economic losses from this lack of water and sanitation amount to $260bn annually (WHO). The need to act now is underscored by a growing global population and mounting impacts of climate change which should continue to exacerbate water scarcity around the globe, potentially resulting in significant human and economic consequences.
Speakers: Heather Beatty, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, ScopeFour Capital and Nashat Moin, Senior ESG Analyst, Sustainable Investments, Global Fixed Income, Allspring Global Investments
Moderator: Debby Cherney, Chief Executive Officer, San Bernardino County Employees’ Association
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