Green Cross at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília, 19-23 Mar 2018

Green Cross to Promote Sustainable Access to Water, Indigenous Rights and Religious Leaders’ Engagement on World Water Day (March 22nd)

The World Water Council is co-organising their 8th World Water Forum with a host country. This year, the forum takes place in beautiful Brasília, Brazil! Governments, experts and advocates interested in the theme of water have been brought together in this way since 1997. As in all previous editions, Green Cross International will be among the non-governmental organisations representing civil society. Follow our contributions at the following key events:

20 March

21 March

22 March

  • Event: Alternative Forum’s Religious Gathering
  • Time: 09:00 to 12:00
  • Location: Pavilhão Parque da Cidade
  • Featured Speaker: Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp – President of Green Cross Netherlands

  • Event: Learning from Traditions: How Water Heritage Can Guide Our Water Future
  • Time: 11:00 to 12:30
  • Location: Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, Room ST2
  • Featured Speaker: Sônia Guajajara – Coordinator of the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), and candidate for co-presidency of the Republic of Brazil

  • Event: Water and Spirituality
  • Time: 14:30 to 18:00
  • Location: Planalto Auditorium
  • Featured Speaker: Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp – President of Green Cross Netherlands

  • Event: Citizen’s Forum Comission – Film Festival
    • Special Screening of the Green Drop Award Winning Documentary followed by a debate with Elio Pacilio and the film’s producer
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Cine Brasília
  • Featured Speakers: Elio Pacilio – President of Green Cross Italy

Featured Speakers

Marisa Arienza

Prof Marisa Arienza Mallmann is the President of Green Cross Argentina, a founding member of the Forum Humanum, Secretary of the Argentinean Chapter of The Club of Rome, and Secretary-General for Latin America of The Club of Rome (under the Presidency of Belisario Betancur). She brings with her an expertise in sustainable development and transboundary water cooperation.

Sônia Guajajara

Sônia Guajajara is world renowed activist in defense of indigenous and environmental rights. Born in a village in the Amazon rainforest, she recognizes the importance of conserving natural resources and it’s cultural significance. She currently serves as candidate for the co-presidency of the Republic, along with Guilherme Boulos, for the PSOL Party.

Elio Pacilio is an Italian environmentalist who founded Green Cross Italia in 1998 and is its president. As the representative of Green Cross Italia, he was elected to the Green Cross International Board in 2013 and is co-founder of the Green Drop Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp


Rabbi Soetendorp is an award-winning human rights advocate, lecturer, writer and environmental activist. He is a founding member of Green Cross International and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, the world’s first multi-faith initiative working to improve access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene.

Marie-Laure Vercambre

Marie-Laure Vercambre has been Director of Green Cross International’s Water for Life and Peace programme since 2010. Before starting with Green Cross International, Marie-Laure worked with the organization in France as Director of Communications and Advocacy. She represents GCI at the End Water Poverty network, the Butterfly Effect network, the Coalition Eau and French Water Partnership, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers.