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Technological and Policy Dimensions
of Arsenic Contamination in the Asian Region

The 3rd World Water Forum
Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Water Pollution
Sunday, 16 March 2003
Kyoto International Conference Hall (KICH), Suehiro Room
Kyoto, Japan

Formal Session Report Now Available (PDF 61 Kb)
AFP coverage of the session (PDF 85 Kb)
UN Wire coverage of the session (PDF 15 Kb)

Co-organized by:
United Nations University (UNU)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
World Health Organization (WHO)
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Session Convener:
Dr. Zafar Adeel, UNU

Session Chairs:
Prof. Motoyuki Suzuki (UNU) and Ms. Vanessa Tobin (UNICEF)

15:45-16:00 Opening Remarks
Prof. Hans van Ginkel, UN Under-Secretary General and UNU Rector
16:00-16:20 The arsenic crisis in the Asian region and UNU's role
Dr. Zafar Adeel, UNU
16:20-16:40 Arsenic remediation initiatives by UNICEF in Bangladesh and India
Dr. Colin Davis, UNICEF Bangladesh
16:40-17:00 Health-related challenges of the arsenic crisis
Mr. Hiroki Hashizume, WHO
17:20-17:40 Policy options adopted by the Government of Bangladesh
Prof. Feroze Ahmed, BUET
17:40-18:00 Future research directions for arsenic remediation
Dr. Minichinori Kabuto, NIES
18:00-18:30 Open discussion and formulation of recommendations

Last Update: 20 March 2003