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Water Conference in China Features Distinguished Guest Speakers

Beijing (Oct. 16, 2012)New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) joined forces with the Center For Water Research at Peking University to hold a conference addressing “Water Management and Global Challenges.” Co-sponsored by the Environment & Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars, the School for International Software at Wuhan University, the World Environment Center, Jordan University of Science and Technology, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ “Water for Life” Decade, HDR, and Coca Cola, the conference gathered distinguished experts discussing the global challenges of water management. Speakers included government officials, academics, and leading global and water technology company representatives. 

The conference focused on “Advances in Technology, Innovation, Health, and Policy.” The agenda and list of speakers are available at .

With its hub in New York and campuses around the world, NYIT has pledged to promote technology as a tool to address pressing global issues, and to work toward finding sustainable solutions in areas such as water and energy.

Keynote addresses featured presentations by UN and Chinese government officials including:

•   Honorable Ning LIU, Vice Minister of Water Resources, Ministry of Water Resources of the People's Republic of China;
•   Kenza KAOUAKIB-ROBINSON, Secretary of UN-Water, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs;
•   Xikun YUAN, Distinguished Chinese Artist (UNEP Patron for Arts and Environment); Standing Member, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Goodwill Ambassador, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Experts addressed topics such as Global Water Challenge and Solutions and Industry Innovations and Research Advances in the Water Sector. A distinguished panel discussed the “Water-Energy Nexus: Breakthroughs and Interventions” and case studies also were presented.

In opening remarks, NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., said, “At NYIT, we teach our students about water and related issues, and they go into the world to help, and to explain new advances to co-workers and friends. We also spread information through our global system of campuses, such as here in China and in the Middle East. And we and all universities have a larger role. We are citadels of legitimacy. People trust us, and through the media we can change public notions about the need to embrace new technologies. We can also do it through conferences like this one.”

Photo caption (from left): Honorable Ning LIU, Ph.D., Vice Minister of Water Resources; The Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China; Nada Marie ANID, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT;  Xikun YUAN; Standing Member, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Goodwill Ambassador, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Kenza KAOUAKIB-ROBINSON, Secretary of UN-Water and Senior Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Edward GUILIANO, Ph.D., NYIT President; Chunmiao ZHENG, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Water Resources; Director of the Center for Water Research, Peking University; and Fengyun LEI, Deputy Director General, Department of Educational and Cultural Experts, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs; at the "Water Management and Global Challenges" conference in Beijing on Oct. 16, 2012.

Photo Gallery: Water Management and Global Challenges

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