We, taking part in the first edition of the "RULES OF WATER" Forum, held in Milan under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency 2017, and organized on the initiative of the MILAN CENTER FOR FOOD LAW AND POLICY with the scientific contribution of the OECD and of the WWAP Program (UNESCO), herewith declare:
1. Water and sanitation are human rights and fundamental elements of sustainable development, social inclusion and peace among peoples.
2. The recognition of the rights to water and sanitation is an indispensable objective for the protection of the future generations as well as a fair and equitable society. This requires the progressive definition of a legal framework and implementation inspired by a international collaboration.
3. Our governments have the political responsibility to guide sustainable development as a priority to the growth of inclusive and circular economies which safeguards, protects and values water resources in an inclusive, multilateral, multidisciplinary and cross-border governance model.
4. Access to water empowers women. Women are pivotal to the protection and management of water, which reaffirms the Dublin Principles, whose 25th Anniversary falls in 2017.
Foremost we urge governments at all levels and non-state actors to make these principles come true in practice to enable women on their terms to act and ensure universal access to vital resources and responsible management of water.
5. We must reaffirm and strengthen the engagement of the signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Goals, with particular regard to the strategic role played by the Cities in defending the rights of access to safe water and sanitation as a human right.
6. Civil societies, local authorities, regional and national governments as well as multilateral agencies must develop a shared equitable cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach that fosters various formats of public-private partnerships in environmental policies by closely linking water, agriculture and energy issues.
7. Activate social and cultural awareness of water uses to form responsible citizenship and various educational initiatives to train on new skills required for water protection and management.
Milan, September, 28, 2017
"I compose music at a high emotional rate. I do not play the piano, I play the "cardiophone".
It comes from the heart and reaches the head. Mine is a six-finger emotional repertoire".
Michele Ranauro, composer and pianist, overcame a serious incident and created a new, all-in-one technique of playing which allows him to distribute the workload, giving broader expressiveness to his right hand and leaving his left hand as an emotional support.
From here, a new and highly colorful expressive language was born, which aims to reach only the heart of the listener.
Water is the fundamental ingredient for life on Earth. Looking at our Earth from space, with its vast and deep ocean, it appears as though there is an abundance of water for our use. However, only a small portion of Earth's water is accessible for our needs. How much fresh water exists and where it is stored affects us all.
In the weeks before the First International Forum "Rules of Water Rules for Life" Milan Center for Food Law and Policy interviews some of the main speakers.
The first interview is with Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of Women for Water Partnership and President of Soroptimist International.
STOCKHOLM, August 28, 2017– Reaching the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030 will require countries to spend $150 billion per year.
A fourfold increase in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) investments compared to what is spent today, this is out of reach for many countries, threatening progress on poverty eradication.
Stockholm (28 August 2017) – World leaders, water experts, development professionals, policy-makers, and one astronaut, have gathered in Stockholm for a week-long meeting focused on finding ways to better use, and reuse, the world’s increasingly scarce fresh water.
The term “water scarcity” is becoming increasingly common. As more countries, and cities, experience the effects of high population pressure and less available freshwater, the interest among policy-makers, businesses, and citizens grows. The realization is there. We need to become more efficient water users. We need to make some drastic changes.
The interconnections between water, energy, food and environment are like a board game where, to win, all the players need to gather as much resources as possible; will we be able of changing the rules used so far for the common good? The 3rd movie of "The Water Rooms" journey into the world of freshwater resources.
Are wars over water the only solutions to the water crisis? Will conflicts on natural resources shape the future of our planet and species? Can we change our habits and make a difference? The 5th and last movie of "The Water Rooms" journey into the world of freshwater resources.
Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses have already started exploring today.
The climate change debate is highly focused on atmospheric pollution and energy use, but there is a growing realisation of the close links between climatic and environmental factors and the future flow and quality of water through melting glaciers, deforestation, changes in precipitation, and emission of waste into fresh water.
The session debates how to reinforce African communities through public-private partnership inclusive projects, involving investments to foster an integrated management and conservation of natural resources, the reinforcement of skills and technical capacities of young farmers, and the generation of sources of revenues. It will present a three-year project best practice on runoff water management and improvement of hydraulic infrastructures to encourage pluvial agriculture.
The project, carried out in the Kebili Gouvernorat through collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia and New Holland Agriculture, foresees the participation of national, regional, local actors in conformity with Tunisia's priorities on social solidarity, rural development and improvement of living conditions.
July 2017: The World Bank is providing financing for water-scarce cities to share their management knowledge, while the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has set up a public-private partnership to improve industrial and municipal water management practices. Target 6.4 of the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) calls for, by 2030, substantially reducing the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
The farmland of two-thirds of Italy is hit by drought and the cost to Italian agriculture amounts to two billion euros, according to farmers association Coldiretti.
It said the long period of intense heat and lack of rain of has badly hit both crops and livestock farmers.
Bottled water comes in two varieties. There's purified water, which is water from local sources (a.k.a. tap water) that has been filtered, and there's natural spring water, which is sourced from springs across the United States. So the bottled water that costs you several dollars may be sourced from the earth in Florida, or it's just from the local water supply in New York.