March 22, 2017 Event Hosts

Co-Directors, Watershed:
Msgr. Tomasz Trafny (Head of Science and Faith Department, Pontifical Council for Culture, The Vatican)
Silvia Zimmermann del Castillo (Club of Rome)

Associate Director and Chief Coordinator, Watershed:
Joerg Geier (Club of Rome)

Lead Collaborator Content:
J. Carl Ganter (Managing Director, Circle of Blue)

Recognizing the urgency on both a spiritual and pragmatic level, the Vatican and The Club of Rome, with the collaboration of Circle of Blue, the Value Web, and The World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Environment, produced a large-scale conference on World Water Day that will engage and focus on the wonders and challenges of the planet’s freshwater supplies.

Pontificum Consilium de Cultura

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, the organizing body of the conference, traces its origins to the Second Vatican Council (opened in 1962), which addresses relations between the Catholic Church, science, other religions and the modern world.  The Pontifical Council for Culture emphasizes shared values in a dynamic, complex and multiform world of contemporary culture.

The Club of Rome

The Club of Rome, a conference co-host, is a global think tank. Members are notable scientists, economists, businessmen, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the world who share a common concern for the future of humanity. The Club of Rome’s mission is to promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication and advocacy. Recognizing the interconnectedness of today’s global challenges, the Club of Rome’s distinct perspective is holistic, systemic and long-term. It has National Association in more than 30 countries and is supported by a Secretariat located in Winterthur, Switzerland. The Club of Rome conducts research and hosts debates, conferences, lectures, high-level meetings and events.


Pontificum Consilium de Cultura


Media Collaborators


Education Collaborators

Texas A&M University
Ball State University
Project WET Foundation

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