US-Australian Dialogue on Water: Solutions and Strategies for the Looming Water Crisis

US-Australian Dialogue on Water: Solutions and Strategies for the Looming Water Crisis

This conference will bring together Australian and US experts to challenge existing thinking on water issues and to explore twenty-first century solutions. Brought to you by The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as part of the 11th annual G-Day USA Program.

Monday, January 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UCLA Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons
200 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Event Details:

Global population growth, climate change and increased pollution mean access to fresh water is fast becoming the most valuable resource on earth. Over one-billion people do not have regular access to safe, clean drinking water. The problem is not isolated to developing countries. Australia has long-suffered from extended periods of drought. As a result, Australia has developed extensive expertise in dealing with issues of water conservation, desalination, water technologies and drought management. Southern California, which also suffers from prolonged periods of drought and rising demand, is also implementing innovative solutions to tackle water challenges.

The US and Australia enjoy a proud history of cooperation on water policy and technology issues. By combining our knowledge, research and water expertise, many of the issues we both face can be met. This will save us money and conserve supplies for the long term. It will also lead to innovative outcomes globally. This event will bring together Australian and US experts to challenge existing thinking on water issues, explore cost-effective ways to reduce growing demand, better manage existing supplies and implement new technologies that save time and money.

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  • 10:00 - 10:15 am  -  Welcome Remarks
  • 10:15 - 10:45 am  -  Panel I: Australia and the US - Partners for Water Solutions
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am  -  Panel II: Global Water Management by 2050: Regional and National Solutions
  • 12:00 -   1:00 pm  -  Panel III: How will Sidney and Los Angeles Manage Water in 2050?
  • 1:00 -     2:30 pm  -  Networking Lunch and Keynote Address
  • 2:30 -     3:45 pm  -  Panel IV: Stormwater Capture for Water Supply by 2050
  • 4:00 -     5:00 pm  -  Panel V: Integrating Recycled Water
  • 5:00 -     5:15 pm  -  Concluding Remarks

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- Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States
- Rich Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District
- J.R. DeShazo, Director, Luskin Center for Innovation, UCLA
- Robert Hill, former Australian Defence Minister and former Australian Ambassador to the United Nations
- Alf Brandt, Legislative Director, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon
- Leith Boully, Chairman, Australian Water Recycling Centre 

For the full list of speakers & biographies, please click here.



EMAIL: john.brenton

Registration opens at 9:30 am; Program begins at 10:00 am


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UCLA sponsors include UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, UCLA School of Law Evan Frankel Environmental Law & Policy Program, UCLA School of Law Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and the UCLA International Institute.


Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations