Water, Peace and Global Security: Canada’s Place in a Changing Water World

Date: 
January 23, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Location

University of Victoria, David Strong Building (DSB) C116 Victoria , BC

The POLIS Water Sustainability Project, the Centre for Global Studies, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Rocky Mountain Books invite you to participate in an intimate conversation with two of the world’s leading water experts.

International water expert, Robert Sandford, the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health, and discussant Dr. Jon O’Riordan will explore the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals from the global-local water nexus perspective. Special remarks will be given by the B.C. Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon.

After the talk, join us for the launch and signing of Robert Sandford and Dr. Jon O’Riordan’s new book, The Hard Work of Hope. Location TBC.

This event is free but space is limited. RSVP to Roleen Sevillena at ra@polisproject.org.

Why?

Watersheds across British Columbia—and indeed globally—are increasingly experiencing major hydro-climatic changes and more frequent extreme weather events. These changes are putting pressure on the quantity and quality of freshwater and, in many nations, undermining social, economic, and political stability. In this talk, one of Canada’s most respected international water experts, Robert Sandford, will give his insights on Canada’s capacity to help the world make a more effective link between water, peace, and global security through the achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as they pertain to water. Special remarks will be given by the B.C. Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, and Dr. Jon O’Riordan will provide further insight and engage the group in discussion.

Speakers

Bob Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues. To this end, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State. Bob is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. He is also a member of Canada’s Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto. Among many other honours, Bob received the Premier’s award in 2011 for his collaboration on the Northwest Territories water stewardship strategy.

Dr. Jon O’Riordan is a senior policy and research advisor to the POLIS Water Sustainability Project and to ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University. He is also an associate fellow with the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria. Dr. Jon O’Riordan formerly served as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management in the British Columbia Provincial Government. His work focuses on environmental management and land and resource planning.

This event is being hosted by the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project, the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Rocky Mountain Books.