From California to Karachi, climate change, population pressures, and economic growth are exacerbating water stress conditions around the world. The IMF and World Resources Institute invite you to a timely dialogue of policymakers, economists, and water resource experts on new approaches to water pricing to manage rapidly increasing risks in an efficient, equitable, and sustainable manner.

A panel discussion and questions and comments from the floor will follow.


  • David Lipton, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
    "Recommendations of a new IMF Staff Discussion Note, Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? Issues in Managing Water Challenges and Policy Instruments"
  • Charles Iceland, Director, Aqueduct Project, World Resources Institute
    "New global water stress projections from WRI's online water tool that can help inform water pricing policy"


  • David Lipton, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Helen Mountford, Director of Economics, World Resources Institute
  • Jorge Ducci, Lead Economist, Water and Sanitation Division, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Kalpana Kochhar, Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President for Communications, World Resources Institute (moderator)