REMARKS FOR KEYNOTE ADDRESS
First International Congress
The Future of Water in Mercosur
Florianópolis, Brazil, November 9, 2011
It is a very great honour to present at the founding conference on the future of water in the Mercosur countries. I will turn to this region shortly, but first want to remind us of the global situation regarding water, as no country or region exists in a vacuum.
Quite simply, the planet is running out of available fresh water, something we were all taught, as children, could never happen. Water use has grown at twice the rate of population in the last century and unless we change our ways, water demand will continue to dramatically outpace population, now expected to reach 10 billion by 2021.i If properly managed, there would be sufficient water for all. However, humans are polluting, mismanaging and displacing water all over the world.