Monthly Archives: November 2013

On September 25, the J Marshall Events team and I were thrilled to be part of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) at UNICEF House.

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)This was the first global interfaith initiative to promote safe water and limit the amount of people without access to sustainable drinking water. The panelists, representatives from various faith-based organizations from around the globe, were enthusiastic, hopeful and moving in their statements.

GIWA Martinez BrothersA highlight of the event was the foot tapping and smile inducing live rap performance by 13 year-old environmental activist and youth director of Earth Guardians, Xihutezcatl Martinez, and his 10 year-old brother.

GIWA water ceremonyThe program culminated with a water ceremony performed by all the advocates. Each panel participant brought water from their home country to be symbolically mixed in a large vessel, confirming the commitment to work together to ensure safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene.

The task of providing and securing clean drinking water and sanitation on a global scale is an ongoing struggle with more than 768 million people lacking access to safe water. You can find more information on WASH at www.unicef.org/wash.

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Photos © Stephanie Berger

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Queen Mathilde of BelgiumThank goodness for cell phones and a mobile office!  I was in London when I got a call asking me to coordinate a 2-day event in New York that included plenary sessions, workshops, lunches and a high-level panel and reception.  Once I flew back to New York and met the team, I had only 6 days!


Panel for Children's Rights and Business
With more than 200 child rights experts, country experts and business leaders traveling to New York to participate, including the Queen of Belgium (her first official trip to New York) – it was quite a challenge!


The program also featured a high-level panel discussion and reception hosted by the Queen of Belgium and her Deputy Prime Minister.


Photos © Peter Verbrugghe

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