GCI Project: Smart Water for Green Schools The Shoe Project is a collaboration between Green Cross Japan,Green Cross Swedenand theGreen Belt Movement (GBM)in Kenya, which distributed some 1,000 shoes to children and youth in the Rift Valley, last Febuary. The Shoe Project was made possible through the generous support Mr Shoo Iwasaki, President of Green […]
The success and impact of an international event like the World Water Forum can only be guaranteed if it involves all stakeholders, including civil society, particularly from the global South and from countries facing the most pressing water challenges. Many NGOs and CSOs expressed their will to contribute to the discussions, therefore ensuring the quality and the inclusiveness of the Forum.
We acknowledge the efforts made by the 8th World Water Forum to include different stakeholders, by calling on all sessions to integrate a diversity of panelists and specialists, by organising a Citizens’ Forum and by providing financial support to civil society organisations actively involved.
However, the sponsorship process has been globally inefficient, jeopardizing the number of people who could actually be supported and attend:
This has 3 major consequences:
This is unacceptable and disrespectful to the people and requires an official apology from the organizers, as well as the reimbursement of the expenses incurred by people whose financial support was withdrawn. We must recall that significant participation of civil society in the Forums is not optional and cannot be changed at will. A guaranteed and substantial sponsorship allocation should be put in place and effectively implemented for the Forums. It is essential that the sponsorship process is prepared and managed by a knowledgeable organisation. Unfortunately, it was not the case in Brasilia, a strong disappointment for NGO and CSOs.
More than ever, the Butterfly Effect calls for an effective inclusion of civil society organisations in the World Water Forums, through a transparent and timely process and an adequate sponsorship.
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Press Release – 28 August 2018 The Swedish authorities are called upon to take action as World Water Week opens in Stockholm. Tuesday 28 August 2018, Geneva, Switzerland –– Green Cross Sweden, with the support of Green Cross International, and along with Urbergsgruppen Grenna-Norra Kärr, denounces the current and proposed mining activities of Tasman Metals […]