(New York, 4 December 2007) – Under the auspices of the UN Global Compact, the first Asia Pacific Water Summit CEO Roundtable was held in Oita, Japan, gathering more than 70 high-level representatives from regional and international business, government and civil society to discuss critical water issues in the region. A major outcome of the Roundtable was a clear commitment by participants to address critical water issues in the region at the strategic, policy and operational levels – consistent with The CEO Water Mandate, launched this year at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.
Several case studies were presented at the event, including the creation of corporate-supported networks to help improve the effectiveness of small water operators in poor regions, and the development and dissemination of technology to improve the access and effective delivery of potable water. The discussions emphasized the need for "public-private-people" partnerships as well as greater commitment to multi-stakeholder approaches in tackling water challenges and deficits.
Other major outcomes included proposals to establish a water “knowledge bank” in Singapore; to develop a multi-stakeholder training and development resource in China; to launch a comprehensive study on "Asia Pacific Water and Business Challenges and Best Practices"; and to encourage engagement in The CEO Water Mandate by businesses and stakeholders in the region.
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