Monday, July 18, 2011

water relay

"Almost a month devoted entirely to water resources : conferences, conventions, seminars and shows from 2011 September 4 to 10 in Genoa and September 12 with Water Relay , which will cross whole Italy, from north to south, connecting daily with Caterpillar , the cult radio RAI Radio Two .

In the year that has seen for the first time 26 million citizens interested in the issue of water during the referendum, a FESTIVAL articles that deal with water from all angles: from the debates on new technologies, the evocative power of the water in the philosophy and religion, the balance between developing countries and the industrialized world, the borders of legality in the water.
which will be attended policy meetings, the institutions, managers, technicians, artists, entrepreneurs, judges, journalists, associations all those who - for whatever reason - dealing with water resources.

Among the names: Javier Solana , Claudio Burlando, Nichi Vendola, Marta Vincenzi, Massimo D'Alema, Aldo Cazzullo , Chicco Testa, Emanuele Severino, Piero Grasso , Julius Giorello , Andrea Segrè, Patrizio Roversi, Massimo Cirri Solibello and Philip , to name few.

All followed by a RELAY that will reach over ten cities, from Genoa to Bari - with daily appointments live on CATERPILLAR Radio Two - where we discover the secrets live and curiosities of water in Italy." LINK

Both the Legacy and the Charter of Zaragoza should be instruments to promote change, evolution and alternatives to meet the challenges of water and sanitation. These must be specified by the efforts that already are, for the creation of a World Water Agency within the framework of the UN.We have "the illusion of restoring hope that the themes must become issues, especially in water," said Eduardo Mestre, director of the Water Tribune.

The Charter of Zaragoza is the most visible legacy of this activity of Expo Zaragoza, which was read by former secretary general of UNESCO, Federico Mayor Zaragoza in Spanish with the presence of King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, representatives of all participating countries and guests.

The Zaragoza Charter is designed as an instrument of public policy, clear concepts and principles, of values ​​to be put on the table, to understand the changes to be made in water. This document will be submitted to the United Nations (UN) to be a world leader in commitments and proposals on water.

This is the Charter of Zaragoza" Link

"Defending water

Water and sustainable

development is the theme

of Expo Zaragoza 2008,

a biennial international

festival of culture to be held

in Saragossa, Spain, from

14 June to 14 September.

Inside a meander of the

river Ebro, a park has been

built displaying ecological

materials, renewable energy

and sustainable water

management. The festival’s

140 pavilions — including

architect Zaha Hadid’s sinuous

bridge (pictured), clad in steel

scales that mimic shark skin,

and a glass tower shaped like

a water droplet — will house

exhibitions and events.

A platform for technical,

scientific and social debate,

the Expo will host nine weeks

of themed seminars on

water conservation, climate

change and development.

A series of essays has

been commissioned by the

Expo from global figures,

including ex-president of

the former Soviet Union

Mikhail Gorbachev,

EU High Representative Javier Solana
and Nobel Peace prize winners

Rigoberta Menchú and

Wangari Maathai. J.B." LINK



Rifkin Solana and Gorbatchev"

from here: "
Creating crises
One option is to take advantage of crises, but another option is to create
them: reveal to society a situation which is not new, which actually exists,
but ensure that it is seen in terms of a social scandal." (p.63)

"Taking advantage of the time when the political parties listen more and
have the most to fear" (p.65)

"Taking advantage of the time when business leaders listen more and
have the most to fear" (p.68)

"The global society should make its presence felt. It might take the
form of a worldwide referendum, or it could be organised pressure on
a summit conference. To change the lives of thousands, local actions
are essential. To change the lives of millions, we must also think up
global actions." (p.77)

"The sacred aspect of water
Water is not just another resource. All religions have made water a
sacred symbol with regard to birth, life and death.
But this sacred nature is not only to be found in religious texts: a
quick dip into popular culture will show that it is to be found in the
myths and beliefs of East and West, North and South" (p.82)

from Solanas 2008 paper: (from p.12-...)
"Conclusions and recommendations
Increase capacity at EU level A first step in addressing the impact of climate change on international security should be to increase knowledge and evaluate their own capabilities in the EU, and be followed by an improvement in prevention, and the state of preparation of early response to disasters and conflicts. Financial implications should be identified and evaluated these responses also undertake a review of the EU budget. Possible actions that could be developed include: strengthen the capacities of EU research, analysis, monitoring and early detection and watch lists, including the Institute for Security Studies Satellite Centre of the EU (EUSC), Center Situation in the EU (SITCEN), the EU network of correspondents in the field of energy security (NESCO), the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Joint Research Centres. It is necessary to include monitoring and early detection in situations of state fragility and political radicalization, tensions over resources and energy supplies, environmental and socio-economic tensions, threats to critical infrastructures and economic assets, border disputes, impact on rightsmigration and human potential.
further improve the planning and capabilities of the EU and Member States' civil protection including the use of instruments to respond to disasters and crisis management (civil and military) to help respond to challenges of security to climate change. • the Commission to continue working for further evaluation for each region, which may be the security implications and how they may affect the interests of the EU. EU multilateral leadership to promote global climate security Climate change is a key element in international relations and will be increasingly in the coming years, including its security dimension. If this is recognized, it can even become a positive lead wire to improve and reform global governance.
As a global problem, the EU is advocating a multilateral response. Building on the success of the Bali conference in December 2007 the EU should further strengthen its leadership to achieve in 2009 an ambitious post-2012, including both mitigation and adaptation in all countries, as a key contribution to address climate security. Possible actions that could be developed include: • A focus on security risks related to climate change in the multilateral arena, particularly in the Security Council of the United Nations, the G8 as well as specialized agencies NU (addressing, among other things, the possible need to strengthen certain rules of international law, including maritime law). • Strengthen international cooperation in the detection and monitoring of security threats related to climate change, and prevention capabilities, state of preparedness, mitigation and response. Promote the development of regional security situations in the various levels of climate change and its implications for international security. • Explore additional migratory stress caused by the environment in the future development of a comprehensive European migration policy in connection with all relevant international bodies.

Cooperation with third countries Climate change requires re-evaluating and strengthening the EU cooperation and political dialogue instruments, paying more attention to the impact of climate change on security. This could mean greater priority and support climate change mitigation and adaptation, good governance, management of natural resources, technology transfer, cross-border cooperation in environmental matters (including other things on water and land), the consolidation and development of institutional capacities for crisis management. Possible actions that could be developed include: • Incorporating further the adaptation and resilience to climate change into EU regional strategies (eg the Northern Dimension, European Neighbourhood Policy, EU-Africa Strategy, Barcelona Process, ​​the Black Sea Synergy, the EU Strategy for Central Asia, the Action Plan for the Middle East).Attention should be paid to the most vulnerable regions and potential hot spots for climate security. Should be based on the global partnership to tackle climate change between the EU and developing countries more vulnerable. • Develop an EU policy for the Arctic based on the geographical development strategy of the Arctic region, taking into account inter alia, access to resources and opening new trade routes. • Study the safety impact of climate change in the dialogue with third countries, including the sharing of analysis. ________"


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