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Special Briefing for the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water Supply and Sanitation

The Environmental Change and Security Program organized a special briefing for the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water Supply and Sanitation to offer perspectives on U.S.-based efforts on global water supply and sanitation services. Selected experts in the field were invited to share their thoughts with the advisory board, led by HRH The Prince of Orange. The discussion focused on ways in which to engage a range of U.S. actors on water and sanitation issues, and how to increase funding for related projects.

Implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005

Signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2005, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act calls for the United States and 185 other nations to fulfill their joint commitment to one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG): to halve the percentage of people without access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. The act marked the first time an MDG was written into American law.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Maquilapolis: City of Factories

As part of the 2007 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a screening and discussion of Maquilapolis: City of Factories on March 20, 2007.

Solving the Darfur Crises: EU and International Responses

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to invite you to a Director's Forum with Pekka Haavisto, Special Representative of the European Union for Sudan. Ambassador Haavisto will be discussing the international and European responses to the interrelated crises facing the region.

Water for the Next 100 Years

As part of the Woodrow Wilson Center's tribute to William Ruckelshaus, two-time U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, water experts gathered at the University of Washington in Seattle on February 28, 2006, to discuss the challenge of providing safe water to meet both human and ecosystem needs.

The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources 2004-2005

Over one billion people live without access to clean water. At the same time, the world spends more on bottled water than would be needed to meet 100 percent of human needs. At a November 17th Environmental Change and Security Project meeting, Dr. Peter H. Gleick launched the Pacific Institute's latest publication, The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources 2004-2005 (Island Press). Dr.

Confronting the Crisis: Women and AIDS

What is the role of women in combating the global HIV/AIDS pandemic? What policies and programs are most relevant and effective in decreasing women's vulnerability to infection? How is the UN system addressing the deep cultural chauvinisms that affect AIDS-related issues like family planning and domestic violence?

Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health: Part 3 of 6

At the third meeting in the Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health series, which is sponsored by The Middle East Program and Environmental Change and Security Project and supported by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health and the Interagency Gender Working Group, Ellen Gruenbaum of California State University, Fresno, and Marcia C.

Is Our Security Threatened by "Too Many Men"?

What happens when sex selection leaves a nation with significantly more men than women? In their controversial new MIT Press book Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population, Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer assert that historically high male-to-female ratios can trigger domestic and international violence. Since the mid-1980s, widespread sex selection has skewed the sex ratios of some Asian countries—particularly China and India—in favor of males on a scale that may be unprecedented in human history.

Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities

"This is not just about getting quantities of drugs out, this is about saving women's lives with really simple products that work," said Julia Bunting, team leader of AIDS and reproductive health at the United K