His Royal Highness Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, the Netherlands
Chairman, United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
Prince Willem-Alexander was born in 1967 and is the first in line of succession to the throne. He is married to Princess Máxima and they have three daughters. He is the chair of the Water Advisory Committee in the Netherlands. In 1998, the Prince became the Patron of the Global Water Partnership, which was established by the World Bank, the United Nations and the Swedish Ministry of Development Cooperation with the aim of achieving integrated water management by turning international environmental agreements into concrete programmes and projects. He was the Chair of the Second World Water Forum in The Hague in 2000. He became the Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons in 2002 convened at the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to issue recommendations for the UN conference on sustainable development in Johannesburg.
As the Chair of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation since 2006, he makes a personal contribution to solving water-related problems all over the world. The Board was set up in 2004 by Kofi Annan to advise him on practical measures that could be taken to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. The Prince believes that solving the problems relating to access to water and sanitation will play a central role in eradicating poverty and bringing about sustainable development. The UN's goal is to halve, by 2015, the number of people who have no sustainable access to safe drinking water or sanitation. One of the main instruments for achieving this goal is integrated water management.The Prince is deeply committed to these aims. He has therefore visited many companies and organisations that are active in the water sector, both to keep abreast of the latest developments, and, where possible, to provide a contribution himself. He believes that if people are more aware of the importance of water, they will turn their words into deeds.