What: Congressman Blumenauer’s International Water Forum
When: Tuesday, November 5th, tabling session at 5 p.m., official program begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, SW 1st and Ankeny in Portland.
Nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and more than two billion people live without improved sanitation. These conditions kill 1.8 million children under the age of 5 every year, more than from AIDS, TB and malaria combined.
Please join US Congressman Earl Blumenauer for an interactive International Water Forum exploring the critical issue of clean water and sanitation around the world and how we can help address it. A panel of experts, including representatives from Living Water International, Conservation International, Oregon State University, Engineers without Borders, Green Empowerment, and Portland State University SWEET Lab will have presentations and be available for a Q&A session.
Blumenauer has been a champion for issues related to international water and sanitation and crafted the Water for the Poor Act that was signed into law in 2005. He is currently leading a bi-partisan effort with Rep. Ted Poe to pass “Water for the World” legislation to significantly improve international access to clean water and sanitation by enhancing the capacity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to play a greater, more effective role in development assistance as well as mitigate cross-border conflict.