National Geographic Society Announces New Public Policy Dialogue: President and CEO Gary E. Knell unveils upcoming forums at U.S. Water Partnership event on World Water Day 2017

WASHINGTON (March 22, 2017)—National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell today announced the Society’s plans to host a new series of public policy forums on critical issues affecting physical and human geography. Launching this spring, the National Geographic “Mapping the World Public Policy Dialogue” will bring National Geographic Explorers together with the highest officials in the new administration and leaders in Congress. Knell made the announcement on World Water Day 2017 at the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) All Partners Meeting at the U.S. Department of State.

Our aim is to create a dialogue and space where facts can be discussed and solutions developed,” Knell stated during his keynote remarks at the USWP event. “We want to lend our expertise and trusted, independent perspective to help inform and advance the conversation. We want to help drive progress.”

The initial series will center on three issues tied to National Geographic’s primary areas of focus: our changing planet, the human journey and wildlife and wild places. The first forum will concentrate on wildlife trafficking. The second forum will focus on ocean conservation. The third forum in the series will look at how we can work together to save the world’s sacred places.

“As the nation’s environmental and human challenges grow more complex, National Geographic is strengthening our commitment to help advance the dialogue around water and other complex issues. We will continue to deliver major scientific and research advances, to tell critical and captivating stories, and to put a human face on our challenges as well as our triumphs. But we will also look for new and compelling ways to be a resource for national policymakers and to do our part to drive the national conversation while educating the next generation of stewards of our planet,” expanded Knell.

In addition to the new initiative focused on engaging public policymakers, the National Geographic Society announced its intent to become a member of the USWP. At the conclusion of his keynote remarks, Knell stated: “National Geographic is committed to joining the U.S. Water Partnership to bring our science, storytelling and global reach to bear to address and solve our planet’s water challenges.”