Ban Ki-moon appoints Japan’s Crown Prince as Honorary President on water initiative

1 November 2007 –

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed the Crown Prince of Japan as Honorary President of his Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, which aims to galvanize global action on these issues as part of international efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

The Crown Prince’s appointment is effective today and was welcomed by Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who serves as the body’s Chair.

The Advisory Board was established in 2004 to advise the Secretary-General and raise awareness of water and sanitation issues.

It comprises eminent persons, technical experts and others with proven track records in inspiring people, effecting change in government and working with the media, private sector and civil society.

Members also serve in their individual capacities at the Secretary-General’s request.

The first Chair of the Advisory Board was the late Ryutaro Hashimoto, former Japanese Prime Minister.

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