27th International Conference
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The Power of humanity -- the power of water

Geneva, 27 October 1999

In keeping with the spirit of the Opening Show on October 31st 1999, all proceeds from ticket sales to "the Power of Humanity" concert will be going to water-related development programmes.

The show, choreographed especially for the occasion, will be built around the four elements and the balance between the "too much" and the "too scarce" of each of them -- how water, fire, air and earth are vital for survival and human development, but how they can also wreak havoc.

"We thought this was an appropriate choice," says Joanna MacLean, head of the Opening Ceremonies. "Water is a vital resource, but it is difficult to generate new funding for water-based development projects. Given the show's theme, we thought this was a perfect choice."

Water is the source of life. Yet, in certain areas, this vital resource is so scarce it is the cause of death: - water borne diseases contribute to the death of 5-million children every year; - nearly 1-billion people in developing countries do not have access to clean water and nearly 2-billion people lack adequate sanitation facilities; - one quarter of the world's population has no clean water

Tickets for the Opening Show are still on sale and can be purchased through Ticketcorner at (41 22) 0848 800 800 and directly from their website at www.ticketcorner.ch

For further information, please contact:
Wivina Belmonte, International Federation
Tel: 41 22 730 4480
Chris Bowers, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Tel: 41 22 730 2088

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