Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
March 19, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on World Water Day at the National Geographic Society, in Washington, D.C. at 10:00 a.m. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will introduce Secretary Clinton. The event is co-hosted by National Geographic and Water Advocates.

One out of every six people lacks safe drinking water and two out of every five people lack adequate sanitation. By 2025, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will be living under water stressed conditions and approximately one billion people will face absolute water scarcity. Implications are widespread ranging from health, gender equity, child survival and education to the environment, poverty and peace and security. World Water Day raises public consciousness of these challenges and seeks to ensure that safe, affordable and sustainable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is accessible for all people around the world.

National Geographic Society
Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

This event will be open to the press and live-streamed on www.state.gov. Media should pre-register for this event by emailing jsauer@wateradvocates.org.
Pre set time for cameras: 7:30 a.m.
Final access time for journalists and still cameras: 8:00 a.m.

Press Contacts:

Water Advocates
Office of Communications
John Sauer
(202) 293-4003
jsauer@wateradvocates.org

Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2010/330