Connie Hedegaard

Ministry of Climate and Energy

Copenhagen, August 4th 2008

Dear Tina Lindgreen,

As Minister of Climate and Energy every day I am reminded that we are faced with huge humanitarian challenges, which will be considerably worsened in the years to come due to climate changes.

Water and food for people in need are basic prerequisites and crucial for enabling these people to take care of their future. To disseminate and spread useful knowledge, good experience and concrete projects, that proves that they work, to other parts of the world, is central to our efforts toward a lasting and global improvement of the humanitarian situation.

Collaboration and knowledge exchange between governments, humanitarian organisations, business life and others is necessary to ensure this.

Therefore I am happy to see that The Humanitarian Water and Food Award works for furthering Corporate Social Responsibility and the collaboration between business life and humanitarian organisations.

With kind regards,

Connie Hedegaard

EU Commissioner for Climate Action


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WAF founder, Tina Lindgreen, interviews Christian Friis Bach, Head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) – and at the time of this interview Danish Minister for Development Cooperation – about the necessity to create sustainable solutions worldwide regarding clean water and healthy food.