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March 31, 2004

Vinod Hopson,
Press Coordinator, FotoFest 2004
713-223-5522 ext. 18

Janice Van Dyke Walden


HOUSTON, 31 Mar 04 – Houston’s Mayor Bill White will address guests attending the FotoFest Rice University Global Forum on Water during the Gala Dinner held at Williams Tower in Houston April 2, 2004. The mayor will comment on the future of water in Houston, and will introduce Malcolm S. Morris, Chairman of Stewart Information Services and Chairman, Living Water International, who will welcome guests as Gala sponsor. The event will bridge two days of public discussions at Rice University by leading experts on water from around the world. The experts are convening for Houston’s first Global Forum on Water.

“Mayor White – in a short amount of time – has exhibited an excellent understanding of the flooding and water issues facing Houston,” says environmental attorney, Jim Blackburn, who will address the Forum regarding water issues facing Houston. "It’s about time that we had leadership with regard to water issues that are so profound here.”

Designed to inform and stimulate new thinking and policies on water, the Global Forum on Water is being held during FotoFest’s Biennial, citywide celebration of Water, March 12-April 12. During two days of the Forum at Rice University, April 2-3, experts on science, technology, art, the environment and public policy will speak on water-related issues facing our city and the world today.

“It is incredible that in the world today, over 1.2 billion people still lack access to clean safe drinking water,” says Morris, who helped found Living Water International in 1990. Living Water is a Houston area Christian volunteer organization that trains, consults and equips underserved communities worldwide to provide water for their communities. Living Water’s integrated efforts and drilling programs have resulted in clean drinking water being provided to almost two million people every day.

The Global Forum on Water is being held in cooperation with Rice University’s Center for the Study of Environment and Society, the Environmental & Energy Systems Institute, and the Shell Center for Sustainable Development.

FotoFest is the nation’s largest, international photo festival, now in its twentieth year. The 2004 Biennial is dedicated to water. The four-week, citywide event is hosting photographic exhibitions in over 100 public spaces in Houston, including film and video screenings on water, a workshop, portfolio reviews for artists and a fine print auction. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend.
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