His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, the new chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) will present his vision in a keynote speech at the opening of the International Water Week Amsterdam on the 4th of November.
Prince El Hassan recently succeeded King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands as chair of UNSGAB. UNSGAB is an independent body established in March 2004 by the United Nations Secretary-General, to give him advice as well as to galvanize action on water and sanitation issues. Within two years, world leaders will assess progress made towards the current Millennium Development Goals, (including the water and sanitation targets) and will likely prepare for a new development agenda for after 2015.
Prince El Hassan is known for his leadership in championing global causes and in supporting intercultural dialogue. Among other initiatives, he launched the International Cultures Foundation in 2002, the Partners in Humanity Dialogue in 2003, and the Parliament of Cultures in 2004. He has served as Chairman of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and as a Member of the Board of the South Centre. Water management is an issue of central importance to Jordan.