From: Associated Press
Published August 25, 2006 12:00 AM

Canadian Receives Stockholm Water Prize

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — An Indian-born Canadian man received the US$150,000 (euro124,000) Stockholm Water Prize on Thursday.

Asit K. Biswas heads the Mexico City-based Third World Centre for Water Management. He was cited for helping "foster a critical rethink" among U.N. agencies, governments and others about how to improve the delivery of water and sanitation services.

Biswas received the prize from Swedish Crown Princess Victoria at a ceremony at Stockholm City Hall.

The Stockholm Water Prize is presented annually to individuals and institutions for outstanding water-related activities. The prize was first presented in 1991 and also includes a crystal sculpture.

An international nominating committee appointed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences reviews the nominations and proposes the candidate.

King Carl XVI Gustaf, of Sweden, is the patron of the prize, but could not attend the award ceremony this time.

The award ceremony is held in connection with World Water Week in the Swedish capital, the leading annual global meeting place for the world's diverse water community.

Source: Associated Press

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