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Director-General Opens High-Level Panel Discussion “Simply Put – Water is Life”

19 September 2013

The Director-General opened a high-level panel discussion organized by Switzerland, in association with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the University of Geneva, entitled “Simply Put – Water is Life”. In his remarks, he highlighted that the event was part of a longer term effort to raise awareness of humanitarian needs and the role of humanitarian workers. He also stressed the importance of access to water and noted that current trends in water scarcity and population growth have potentially serious humanitarian consequences.