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Virtual: Resilience and Well-Being Through the Lens of the Pandemic: Insuring India Water Security

March 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Today 40% of India’s population lacks access to safely managed drinking water services and less than 4% have access to safely managed sanitation services. Estimates are that over 20% of all diseases in India are related to water and sanitation. Population growth, pollution and climate change are likely to further stress India’s water resources – impacting food and energy security and contributing to tensions both within India and with neighboring countries. This webinar will explore the threats to India’s water security and potential actions that might provide a more water secure future for nearly 20% of the world’s population.

Guest Speakers

Param Iyer, Currently at the World Bank; Former Secretary in the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in India
Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Peter McCornick, Executive Director of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
Dr. Snehalatha Mekala, Regional Coordinator of Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
Parameswaran Iyer, Global Lead on Strategic Initiatives, World Bank Water Practice

Moderated by Aaron Salzberg, Director of the Water Institute at UNC

Register for the panel discussion.

This panel is part of the webinar series Resilience and Well-Being Through the Lens of the Pandemic, hosted and organized by the Modern Indian Studies Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a leading public university and home to the largest Asia studies center in the southeastern U.S., Carolina is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of advancing knowledge of modern India across North Carolina, the United States and beyond. In partnership with leaders from North Carolina’s Indian-American community, UNC has embarked on a bold initiative to transform the model for Indian Studies. We are forging ahead in establishing the country’s leading program in Modern Indian Studies– increasing knowledge and understanding of the India of today and its rapidly evolving future.



March 18, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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