Margaret Pageler - Leadership in water and environmental sustainability
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Critical water issues

  • Mega-slums without toilets or running water
  • Water-related disasters increasing due to climate change
  • Groundwater depletion and pollution from unsustainable agriculture
  • How to share “transboundary waters” equitably

The World Water Council convenes world leaders to build political momentum for solving critical water issues like these. Margaret Pageler was elected to the WWC Board of Governors at the Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City, 2006, and served for six years. The World Water Forums, organized every three years, attract 15,000-20,000 participants, bringing water professionals together with aid agencies, environmentalists, and government officials.

Margaret and Yesim, Youth Forum leader

Margaret engaged in planning the political process for the Fifth World Water Forum held in Istanbul, 2009: Margaret's role was to design and shepherd the involvement of city leaders in the Fifth Forum, spearheaded by Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas.

The Fifth Forum focused on “Water Management Adaptation Strategies for Global Changes including Climate Change.” Margaret provided the first draft of the declaration which was negotiated by mega-city mayors as the Istanbul Urban Water Consensus. The Consensus led to concrete action, improving municipal water policy and services on three continents.

Istanbul Urban Water Consensus (PDF)

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Margaret Pageler.

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