• Written by Peter van der Linde
    8 March 2010

His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange is heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, chairman of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (picture Paul Blank).

HRH the Prince of Orange will participate in the Run for Water on Sunday 18th April in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This event will take place in and around the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1928 summer Olympics. After the 6 km run, a concert for 20,000 people will feature various local artists. See the line-up here. The goal of the event is to raise awareness for the global drinking water crisis.

Globally, over a billion people lack safe drinking water. On average, children and women in developing countries walk 6 km every day to fetch water. The US-based organisation Live Earth, founded by Al Gore and Kevin Wall, has launched a global campaign to initiate a movement that can help solve this crisis.

On the 18th April, 6 km runs are expected to take place in over a hundred locations, with concerts in cities like Melbourne, Hong Kong, Cape Town, London, Berlin, Sao Paolo, New York, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

HRH the Prince of Orange is chairman of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board (UNSGAB), tasked with providing advice about practical measures to help reach the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation.

See the official Dutch press statement here.

Peter van der Linde is the partner – director of Akvo.