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US-Australian Dialogue on Water

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and UCLA as part of the 12th annual G'Day USA Program.

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

US-Australian Dialogue on Water

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The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) cordially invite you to attend the US-Australian Dialogue – The Coming Water Crisis: Solutions and Strategies on Monday, 13 January, 2014 at the Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons, UCLA Los Angeles CA.

About the Dialogue:

 Widespread, prolonged water shortages have previously been limited to arid areas, like Australia and the Southwestern United States, that experience regular drought cycles followed by intense rain. However, recent studies have indicated that long-term water shortages are occurring across the globe.  At the same time, more extreme weather will bring flooding and landslides. A 2012 report by the U.S. Department of State concludes that several regions of the world, such as North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, will face major challenges coping with water problems and that during the next ten years, many countries will experience water issues that will increase the risk of unstable governments, exacerbate regional tensions and distract from regional cooperation on important policy objectives.

Australia and the Southwestern U.S. have a long history of addressing water supply problems and have been leading the way with solutions – many of which will be discussed. The event will look forward to expected water conditions in 2050 and the solutions that our countries are developing to lead international efforts to conserve, capture and treat water for reuse. 

CONFERENCE AGENDA – all speakers confirmed!

Morning MC:  Tony Haymet, Emeritus Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Registration and Continental Breakfast (9:30 - 10.00 am)          

Welcome Remarks (10:00 - 10:15 am)       

Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor

Karen Lanyon, Australian Consul-General, Los Angeles

Australia and the US – Partners for Water Solutions (10:15 – 10:45)

Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States

Jeff Bleich, former United States Ambassador to Australia

10 minutes for questions

Global Water Management by 2050: Regional and National Solutions (10:45 - 11:45 am)

Moderator: JR DeShazo, Director, Luskin Center for Innovation; Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA

Carol Couch, Director, CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship

Jamie Pittock, Program Leader, Australia and United States Climate, Energy and Water Nexus Project, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney   

Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board

15 minutes for questions

Break (11:45 - 12:00 am)      

How will Sydney and Los Angeles Manage Water in 2050? (12:00 - 1:00 pm)         

Moderator: Robert Hill, former Australian Ambassador to the United Nations; Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney 

Glen MacDonald, Director, Institute of the Environment, UCLA

Andy Lipkis, President TreePeople

Adam Lovell, Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia

15 minutes for questions

Afternoon MC: Sean Hecht, Executive Director, Environmental Law Center; Co-Director, Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, UCLA

Networking Lunch and Keynote (1:00 - 2:30 pm)          

The Honourable Andrew Robb AO MP, Australian Trade Minister with introduction by Karen Lanyon, Australian Consul-General, Los Angeles

10 minutes for questions

Stormwater Capture for Water Supply by 2050 (2:30 - 3:45 pm)

Moderator: Mark Gold, Associate Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Tony Wong, CEO, Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

David Nahai, Partner, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith

Alf Brandt, Legislative Director, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon

Mark Hanna, Geosyntec Engineers 

15 minutes for questions 

Break (3:45 - 4.00 pm)

      Integrating Recycled Water (4:00 - 5:00pm)

Moderator and Panellist: Michael Stenstrom, Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UCLA

Rich Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District

Leith Boully, Chairman, Australian Water Recycling Centre for Excellence

15 minutes for questions

Final Thoughts (5:00 - 5:15 pm)          

Madelyn Glickfeld, Director, Water Resources Working Group at the IoES, UCLA

Robert Hill, former Australian Ambassador to the United Nations; Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney  

This event is part of Australia's 11th annual G'Day USA program of events and is being proudly supported by the Unites States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC).  

When & Where

Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons – Sunset Village UCLA
330 De Neve Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and UCLA as part of the 12th annual G'Day USA Program.

G’DAY USA is an annual program of events designed to showcase Australian business, tourism and policy capabilities in the USA – Australia’s key ally and largest trading and investment partner.


University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA's strength is its size, allowing for exceptional diversity and virtually limitless possibility. The university is a shared public asset that benefits society by educating students, creating knowledge through research discoveries, powering the economy and improving quality of life.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) role is to advance Australia's national interest. This involves working to strengthen Australia's security and enhance Australia's prosperity. To achieve this, DFAT provides foreign and trade policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT works with other government agencies to ensure that Australia's pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively. DFAT is also the lead agency managing Australia's international presence, managing a network of overseas posts in five continents with over 3600 staff.

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