Global Conference 2014

The world is finally waking up to the dangerous consequences of its water crisis. Industrialization, the rising population, climate change and humanity's growing need for food and energy are causing a rapid increase in demand, yet nature has fixed the supply. U.N. Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-moon has warned that by 2030, nearly half the world's population could face water scarcity, with the need outstripping supply by 40 percent. Already, 780 million people lack access to clean water, and 5,000 children die from diarrhea every day. In Africa, women and girls may routinely walk up to 10 hours to retrieve fresh water. Yet more and more, this vital, disputed substance is becoming a commodity to be bought and sold. Join our panel of activists, advocates and business leaders as we travel the world, via video and photographs, to view the effects of the water crisis and highlight the power of social media, celebrity, storytelling and humor. We'll discuss solutions and how innovation will lead the way to cleaner, more abundant water, sanitation and better lives on a global scale.

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Brian Sullivan

Anchor, CNBC


Matt Damon

Actor and Co-Founder,

Mehmood Khan

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development, PepsiCo

Usha Rao-Monari

CEO, Global Water Development Partners, a Blackstone Portfolio Company

Gary White

CEO and Co-Founder,

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