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About the Speech:

Water resources, and the services they provide, underpin economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. From food to energy security to health, water affects the livelihoods and social well-being of billions. For these reasons, ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water for all is Goal Six of the Sustainable Development Goals. In his address to the IIEA, Leo Heller discussed the centrality of water to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This event was part of the 2016 Development Matters series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid.

About the Speaker:

Appointed in November 2014, Leo Heller is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation. He is also a researcher in the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil. Between 1990 and 2014, he was Professor of the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. During this time, he held several positions including: Head of the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Associate Provost of Graduate Studies, Dean of the School of Engineering and Coordinator of the Graduate Programme in Basic Sanitation, the Environment and Water Resources.