Dane receives Hassan II Grand prix for water
Mexico City, Mexico, 03/19 - Moroccan Prime Minister DrissDjettou has presented the Hassan II Grand Prize for water toTorikin Jonch-Clausen of Denmark, who won the 2006 edition.
Jonch-Clausen received the prize Thursday following the openingof the fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City, attended by some12,000 participants including 120 ministers in charge of watermanagement in their countries.
The prize, comprising a $100,000-bonus and a certificate, wasawarded Jonch-Clausen in acknowledgement of "his constantcommitment to pressing for access to water in third worldcountries," Loïc Fauchon, chairman of the World Water Councilsaid.
"I am highly honoured and pleased to receive this prize, whichcomes to reward 30 years of commitment towards the development ofthe water sector in the Third World, especially in Morocco," theprize-winner responded, adding that the challenge of access towater resources is far from being over.
"It`s because I`m going on giving my contribution to the hugework of access of most people to water that I decided to dedicatemy prize to the establishment of a foundation for women in theThird World. In this way, they should be able to assess water-related problems," he added.
The Hassan II Grand Prize for water was set up in conjunctionwith the Moroccan government and the World Water Council toreward any person, group of persons or institution recognised forhis contribution to the development and management of waterresources.
It was conferred for the first time in Kyoto in 2003, on thesidelines of the third World Water Forum, on Egyptian MohamedAbou Zeid.
The attribution of the Hassan II Grand Prize for water is one ofthe events of the fourth World Water Forum