Ambassador John W. McDonald to keynote WWEMA Washington Forum

McDonald is author of the proclamation designating 2005-2015 as the "Second International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade" to be adopted by the United Nations on March 22 -- World Water Day...

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2005 -- Ambassador John W. McDonald will give the keynote address at the 32nd Washington Forum being sponsored by the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) on May 10-12 at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

McDonald is author of the proclamation designating 2005-2015 as the "Second International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade" to be adopted by the United Nations on March 22 -- World Water Day.

He spent 20 years of his career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for 16 years on United Nations economic and social affairs. He's currently chairman and co-founder of Washington D.C.'s Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, which focuses on national and international ethnic conflicts

Ambassador McDonald will discuss the Water for Life global campaign to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation services and its impact on worldwide demand for water and wastewater products and services.

Other topics included on this year's Washington Forum program include:
-- From Ruin to Reconstruction - The Tsunami Aftermath
-- Latin America: Sizzling with Opportunity
-- The Wave of the Future: Global Water Management
-- The Realities of Doing Business in the Middle East
-- The Risky Business of Risk Management
-- Export Trade Certificate: Don't Leave Home Without It
-- The Next Wave of Environmental Regulations
-- Is the Money Drying Up? The Future of Water Infrastructure Financing
-- Trends in Public-Private Infrastructure Delivery Methods

Details on the WWEMA 32nd Washington Forum can be found at www.wwema.org. Since 1908, WWEMA has informed, educated and provided leadership on the issues that shape the future of the water and wastewater industry.

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