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"The Future of Water" is topic of United Nations Day at NCC on Oct. 23

United Nations Day 2013 will be celebrated throughout the world on Oct. 24. U.N. Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.N. Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this historic document, the United Nations was officially established.

Norwalk Community College will celebrate U.N. Day on Wednesday, Oct. 23, with a program on “The Future of Water.”

This event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the GenRe Forum Theater (East Campus). There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

“Water holds the key to sustainable development,” notes United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We need it for health, food, security and economic progress.”

The U.N. predicts that by 2030, nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity—and demand could outstrip supply by 40 percent.

Ban ki-Moon warns that the world is on course to run out of freshwater unless greater efforts are made to “improve water security.” The situation is critical because water, food, energy and climate are all linked. Most forms of energy generation require water, and extreme weather events are making it harder for farmers to grow crops and for water to be stored safely.

NCC’s program will feature three guest speakers:

Donna L. Goodman
Goodman served as Program Advisor, Climate Change and Environment for UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), a U.N. agency that advocates for the health, protection and survival of children. She was the lead author of “Climate Change and Children: A Human Security Challenge,” and co-author of “Every Body Counts, Every Drop Matters” and “The United Nations Classroom Resource Guide on Water.”

Paul Gallay
As president of Riverkeeper, Gallay fights for a cleaner Hudson River and safer drinking water for more than nine million New Yorkers. As an environmentalist in New York State, he helped to close Fresh Kills landfill and raise standards at New York City wastewater treatment plants.

Richard B. Harris
Harris is director of Harbor Watch, which he founded in 1986 and is now a program of Earth Place in Westport. The program monitors the health and biological integrity of local coastal waterways and estuaries, and provides hands-on science education for high school and college students.

This is the first of a mini-series of NCC events on water issues. There is another event to follow in the Spring on water issues in Africa.

Faculty interested in bringing their classes should contact Professor Hannah Moeckel-Rieke at or (203)857-7335.