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News: U.N. Water Day Is 3/ 22 - Enough Clean Water for a Thirsty World?
Published March 18th, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Nations declared March 22 World Water Day to focus on the challenges of providing sufficient clean water around the globe.

The University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School recently hosted a Conference in Sacramento to share information with partners around the world on this issue. The Conference was titled: Transboundary Freshwater Ecosystem Restoration: The Role of Law, Process and Lawyers.

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor and Scholar and Director of the Pacific McGeorge Center for Global Business and Development: "Water resource allocation is the single most important issue facing business and development in the twenty-first century. It is literally a matter of life or death for developing countries and for sustainable economic development worldwide." Dr. Malloy leads the Center, which studies current legal and economic issues impacting world business and development. The Center regularly hosts conferences and workshops where legal, economic and policy experts come together to help improve conditions and relations in the global community.

Prof. Gregory S. Weber, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, led the conference, and said: "We learned about the shared challenges and opportunities faced by watersheds in regions as diverse as the Balkans, the Jordan River, the Great Lakes, and the lower Colorado River. One key message repeated throughout the presentations was that robust solutions to complex problems often emerge only through active collaboration among public and private-sector stakeholders."

Stephen C. McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor and Scholar, University of the Pacific/McGeorge Institute for Sustainable Development, specializes in International Water Negotiations. His work with World Bank and the Nile River basin has contributed to the resources available for decision-makers in other water basins around the world.

Today, much of the world population struggles to sustain their health due to lack of fresh water. In the United States, aquifers and other fresh water resources are under stress. "Water Wars" may be a possibility if we are unsuccessful in working out equitable partnerships for use of this natural resource. Story Resources:

Conference proceedings: Transboundary Freshwater Ecosystem Restoration: The Role of Law, Process and Lawyers. A complete conference packet is available by contacting Janet Konttinen by email: or phone: 916-739-7047, or cell 916-216-6362.

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Stephen McCaffrey of McGeorge Law School speaking at National Academy of Sciences

"The Role of Science in solving the World’s Emerging Water Problems" 5a8c7b/653013a63fe1949385256e120079edb5?OpenDocument

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"The Human Right to Water" by Stephen McCaffrey

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