Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP and President of GLOBE EU, and Catherine Chabaud, MEP welcomed Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a GLOBE EU partner organization, for the keynote address. Ani emphasized the need for national governments to prioritize water as a crisis issue and the impact of water scarcity on poor communities.
His comments on the outcome of the UN 2023 Water Conference were followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Catherine Chabaud, with interventions by UNEP, the European Commission (DG ENV), Bee Group member Ecolab, and The Ocean Cleanup, touching on microplastic pollution, extending producer responsibility, and recognizing water as a common good of humanity.
10h00 Welcome – Sirpa Pieikäinen, MEP and President of GLOBE EU
10h10 Introduction – Catherine Chabaud, MEP and member of GLOBE EU
10h15 Keynote Address – Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
10h30 Panel Discussion
- Veronika Hunt Safrankova – Head of Brussels Office UNEP
- Veronica Manfredi, Director, DG ENV-C, European Commission
- Tiffany Atwell, SVP Global Government Relations, Ecolab
- João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, General Counsel & Director of Global Public Affairs, The Ocean Cleanup
11h10 Discussion with the audience