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UN: necessary, or UNnecessary? -Beyond scarcity: power, poverty and the global water crisis

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Free Food and Drinks to be provided at 16:30. Free UN books, publications, bags, white bands, New World magazines, and other UN material will also be available at the event.

CUUNA cordially invites you to join us at our Inaugural Speaker Event hosting Prof Sir Richard Jolly, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN and former UNA -UK Chair. With his vast experience and expertise, he will share his insights on the UN and the impact it has made, with further discussion on the global water crisis.

Access to water is a basic human need and a fundamental human right without which everything else fades into insignificance. The roots of the crisis in water can be traced to poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships, as well as flawed water management policies that exacerbate scarcity. From the effects of climate change to the economics of water pricing and the politics of water management, the global water crisis is a pressing concern relevant to every individual.

The talk will be follwed by a Q&A session relating to the talk, the UN, and career paths in the UN

Brief Biography (Prof Sir Richard Jolly):

  • Co-Director of the UN Intellectual History Project
  • Former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN
  • Former Chair of UNA -UK
  • Architect of the Human Development Project
  • Former Special Adviser to the Administrator of the UNDP
  • Former Deputy Executive Director in UNICEF
  • Developmental Economist with First class honours in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from Yale University
  • Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex
  • Former Chairman of the system-wide UN Sub-Committee on Nutrition (SCN)
  • Former Chairman of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
  • Contributor to many books and publications on economic development and the UN

This talk is part of the Cambridge University United Nations Association (CUUNA) series.

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