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Saturday, 21 May 2011 08:45
“We made from water all living thing”
The Holy Quran, Al-Anbiya [The Prophets] verse 30

“وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حي”
 القرآن الكريم، سورة الأنبياء، الآية 30

 

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

W. H. Auden (1907–1973),
American Poet

In his speech on 22nd March 2005 addressing World Water Day, the United Nations Secretary General described Water as “a source for life” confirming that the world needs to respond much better in making water not a resource of conflict but instead forging it a catalyst for cooperation. This speech comes while people in many countries around the world are facing serious problems ranging from the shortage of the potable water to the inadequate distribution and monopoly of water resources that certainly have adverse consequences on all aspects of life. Hence, unless used in equitable and efficient ways, water could become the most serious altering factor to countries’ socio-economic development and a dominant resource of conflict between and among countries, as has been expressed by the Commission on Sustainable Development.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights did not explicitly mention the rights of people to accessing basic water needs, however, this was certainly implied when assuring in Article 3 that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” in that this logically entails access of humans to water, as without water life is impossible. Accessing water resources is certainly not only a human rights issue, it is considered as a scientific and technological challenge that “unites” scientists over the globe in transforming their talents into new technologies that can sustain water and make it available for humans as well as for natural eco-systems. Decision makers should therefore facilitate and support the role of science, technology and innovation not only within each country but also among countries by strengthening scientific cooperation, especially for issues of cross-border effects.
 
The International Conference on “Water Values and Rights” will provide a platform on which scientists can share their expertise in the diverse fields that are related to water. Peer reviewed papers presented are addressing four main essential themes: water resources management, wastewater management, water rights and international water law, and lastly, Water: development, strategic planning and regional cooperation.

Full reviewed papers was published in the conference proceedings that will constitute a valuable source of information and reference for all those who are involved in water issues from the prospective of the four themes mentioned above.

 

 

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