Former national leaders: Water a global security issue

InterAction Council / United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health

20 March 2011

Traditional Egyptian "Felucca" boat sails on the Nile river in the southern Egyptian city of AswanWater as an “urgent security issue” tops the agenda this year for a council of 37 former heads of state and government convening in Canada 10 weeks from now, with a preliminary meeting of international experts this week on the prospect of future water conflicts.

The InterAction Council (IAC), co-chaired by the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister of Canada, and H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky, former Chancellor of Austria, makes recommendations related to long-term issues facing humankind and holds its annual plenary this year in Quebec City May 29-31.

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