Dr. James Dalton is the Coordinator of Global Initiatives for the IUCN Water Programme. He has worked on water resource management issues for the past nineteen years, ranging from technical aspects to institutional development, governance and policy, business planning and socio-economic issues. Prior to joining IUCN, James worked at the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) in Fiji where he was the Integrated Water Resource Management Adviser. Between 2001 and 2007, he was a water management and development consultant for ITAD Water. In this role, he provided long-term assistance to the DFID Senior Water Adviser and other international donors. He holds a BSc in Rural Resource Development, MSc in Irrigation Engineering, and a Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering focussing on groundwater management in the Aral Sea Basin.
Since the MDGs were established, the world has become less economically, socially and environmentally secure. Meanwhile, the global population continues to grow, and is on course to reach 9 billion by 2050.