Gorbachev accepts French invitation to participate in World Water Forum 2012

Geneva: Green Cross International Founding President Mikhail Gorbachev has accepted an invitation by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to contribute to the high-level session of the World Water Forum, being held in Marseille on 12 March 2012.

Mr Gorbachev, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, commended France for taking the initiative to hold this important international event focussing on water and thanked President Sarkozy for the invitation.

“I share President Sarkozy’s view that solving the water crisis is directly connected with the international response to poverty and development challenges, including implementing the Millennium Development Goals,” said Mr Gorbachev.

“The links between modern global challenges, especially environmental degradation, insecurity and poverty, are at the core of Green Cross International’s mission.”

The goal of the World Water Forum, being held 12-17 March 2012, is to tackle the challenges our world is facing and raise water high on all political agendas.
“Green Cross International is active in the development of proposals for water resources management, in particular basin-based solutions,” Marie-Laure Vercambre, Green Cross Water Programme director.

“These solutions range from empowering communities to take charge of their water supplies and raising awareness over shared water resources, to promoting cooperation between States that rely on the same international watercourses.  Such an approach provides an efficient tool to prevent and resolve water-based conflicts.”

In particular, Green Cross is a strong advocate of ratification of the UN Watercourses Convention, which is the only global legal instrument governing the use, management and protection of the world’s 276 trans-boundary watercourses. These rivers and the groundwater linked to them are shared by 145 countries. Their basins are home to 40% of the world’s population.

Green Cross International, founded by Mr Gorbachev, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of high-level advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organisations in over 30 countries.

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