Water for Our Future
As part of the regional planning process of the 7th World Water Forum, World Wildlife Fund and The Coca-Cola Company are convening some of the most influential voices in water for panel discussions, conversation and networking to explore challenges and solutions, and play a role in helping provide input from the Americas in the thematic agenda for the upcoming World Water Forum. By working together, we hope to achieve greater scale and impact to catalyze action to value, conserve and protect the planet’s fresh water. For more information, contact WaterForOurFuture@wwfus.org.
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Program & Speakers
8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund
- Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
9:30 am Session 1: Green Growth, Water Stewardship and Industry
- Suzanne Apple, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund
- Marcia Brewster, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc.
- Greg Koch, Director of Global Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
- Jason Morrison, Technical Director, CEO Water Mandate
- William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Carlos Alberto Sifuentes Lugo, Director, Mexican National Commision for Protected Areas
11:10 am Coffee Break
11:30 am Session 2: Water for Food
- Ann M. Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE), United States Department of Agriculture
- Gustavo Fonseca, Head of Natural Resources, Global Environment Facility
- Vidal Garza, Director, Fundación FEMSA
- Roberto Lenton, Founding Executive Director, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, University of Nebraska
- Steve Peterson, Director of Sourcing Sustainability, General Mills
- Steven Stockton, Director of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers
1:10 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Session 3: Enough Safe Water for All
- Harriet Babbitt, Co-Chair of the Board, Global Water Challenge
- Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer, Water for People
- Patrick Cairo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, United Water
- Stephen Gaull, Senior Advisor, Public-Private Partnerships and Private Sector Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation
- Chis Holmes, Global Water Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development
- Jon Jacoby, Manager, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America
3:55 pm Coffee Break
4:15 pm Session 4: Preparing for the 7th World Water Forum
- Dale Jacobson, Water Expert, American Society of Civil Engineers
- Karin Krchnak, Board of Governors Member, World Water Council
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception
Speaker Q&A Series:
4/23 - Greg Koch, The Coca-Cola Company and Karin Krchnak, World Wildlife Fund
4/30 - Roberto Lenton, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, University of Nebraska
5/07 - Harriet Babbitt, Global Water Challenge
Background on the Event
Fresh water is arguably the world’s most precious resource. Yet in all corners of the globe, shortages and inadequate access to sanitation persist. Rivers are fragmented by dams, choked by chemicals, threatened by climate change, depleted by irresponsible businesses and industries that don’t manage water wisely, and polluted by toxic runoff from cities, factories and farms. We can’t solve these challenges alone—and, thankfully, we don’t have to.
In trying to meet the Millennium Development Goals, countries around the world have started to secure clean and safe water resources while protecting their citizens against water-related disasters. International organizations are developing water-related portfolios and getting involved in multi-stakeholder platforms around managing water risks. Water is a local issue, but addressing water resource management challenges requires global solidarity as well as regional, national and local actions.
Background on the Partnership
Since 2007, The Coca-Cola Company and WWF have worked together to conserve and protect freshwater resources around the world and improve the efficiency of Coca-Cola’s operations. To date, the partnership has led to major conservation gains, including improving the ecological health of seven of the world’s most important freshwater basins across five continents, helping improve the Coca-Cola system’s water efficiency by more than 20 percent, working to prevent 5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions across Coca-Cola’s global manufacturing operations, and promoting more sustainable agricultural practices in the company’s supply chain.
Because water is essential to nature, communities and business, we have renewed our collaboration through 2020 to build on our progress and achieve even greater impact by helping address the natural resource challenges that impact fresh water. For more information, please visit worldwildlife.org/water/cocacola and wwf.thecoca-colacompany.com.