Students and staff of Stellenbosch University (SU) will participate in a global effort to raise awareness about each and everyone’s right to clean water by “walking the talk” on Tuesday 19 March 2013. Staff of the SU Water Institute has organised a local “World Walks for Water and Sanitation” event and will be joining more than 2 million people across the world who will participate in walks taking place from 16 – 24 March.
Every year, the United Nations’ World Water Day on 22 March aims to raise awareness about water issues, and involves several global campaigns, such as the World Walks for Water and Sanitation.Worldwide some 783 million people still don’t have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation (source).
Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector (Research and Innovation) at SU, says the objective of World Water Day is to involve individuals and groups to raise awareness about water issues, to facilitate dialogue between the many different role players, and to find innovative solutions to our water challenges.
The walk will start at 12:50 from the Rooiplein on the Stellenbosch campus of the University. The walk is supported by the SU Water Institute and the NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE).
- For more information or to confirm your participation in the walk, visit http://tinyurl.com/SUWIWalk4Water or liaise with Dominique Mannel at tel 021 808 9453 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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