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NEWPORT, R.I. - Naval War College Professor Jeff Norwitz spoke at the United Nations on Feb. 5 at the invitation of the U.N. High-Level Symposium on Water Security.

The High-Level Symposium was a gathering of experts from the U.N. Secretariats and member states, and from the corporate, medical, scientific, academic, and nongovernmental organization communities. The symposium explored the worldwide water security issue to identify specific threats and vulnerabilities, as well as offer practical solutions for protection and preservation of water infrastructure.

A professor with the National Security Decision Making Department, Norwitz gave a talk on assessing the threat to world water systems from terrorism and crime.

The projected outcomes of the symposium were: 1) to expand the knowledge base for securing our water delivery systems, and 2) to develop an efficient system for disaster recovery and environmentally sustainable water restoration in the event of water disasters.

Norwitz also presented a copy of his latest book to Dr. Elaine Valdov, Secretary General of the Youth Assembly at the U.N. The organizer for the symposium, Valdov is also the Executive Director of The World Water Organization, the World Energy Forum and the International Institute for a Culture of Peace and Development.