Video Conference on Safe Drinking Water to be Held at Perryville Higher Education Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 8, 2006 — The Perryville Higher Education Center will host a video conference Nov. 22 in collaboration with the InfoPoverty Institute at the University of Oklahoma and The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  This will be a strategy planning session focused on providing safe drinking water to some of the world’s most impoverished nations. 

The session is planned to begin at 10 a.m. and last approximately one hour in Room 115. The public is invited.

The University of Oklahoma, OCCAM, United Nations (UN), UNESCO, and the World Health Organization (WHO) are collaborating in organizing and holding the (I-VI) World InfoPoverty Conferences at the United Nations Building in New York.  The activities at these conferences are designed to connect the world through ICT Connectivity for the purpose of encouraging sustainable development in education, health, economic development, safe drinking water, agriculture and commerce in developing countries. Recently, the UN General Assembly declared the period from 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action, “Water For Life.”

According to A Silent Tsunami, “Across much of the developing world, a silent tsunami is raging for lack of clean water and sanitation.  There are as many people dying each month as perished during the Southeast Asian tsunami of December 2004.  Access to adequate, clean and affordable supplies of water, as well as sanitation and hygiene, is fundamental to health, to human dignity, to reducing poverty, and to expanding economic opportunity. Yet a billion people or more go without safe drinking water. Twice that lack adequate sanitation.” 

Orville Schaefer of Heartland Water Services has attended these conferences the last three years in an advisory capacity for the development of safe water and sanitation programs in developing countries.  He will be connected via an interactive video conference link at the with the WHO in Geneva, the University of Oklahoma, and others for this strategy session.