This week 80 young people are gathered in Aix-en-Provence to participate in the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), representing 71 countries. The preparatory session takes places from 6-10 March, and activities continue during the 6th World Water Forum.
Green Cross is an active participant in the event and is facilitating involvement from a young “parliamentarian” from Northern Ghana. View the detailed programme of the Parliament here.
Green Cross will be represented at the World Water Forum by a strong delegation led by Founder of the international organization, Mikhail Gorbachev, and President Alexander Likhotal. Representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, France, Ghana, Italy, Ivory Coast and the United States of America, as well as its Geneva-based headquarters, will also be part of the Green Cross team in Marseille.
Key Green Cross activities during the Forum are:
Participation in the Women leadership in Water and Sanitation conference: Women’s preconference to the World Water Forum
High-level segment, 12pm-1pm: Speech by Green Cross International Founding President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Venue: Hall 8.
Press conference, 2pm: Green Cross and actress Famke Janssen join forces against water crisis. International actress and noted humanitarian Famke Janssen and Green Cross International will announced a special collaboration during this event aimed at raising awareness on solutions to respond to the global water crisis.
Green Cross is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund to draw attention to the challenges facing the sharing of rivers and related water by countries. This seminar will feature regional showcases of cross-border river cooperation aimed at reinforcing governance capacity to reflect how the agenda on international waters is being shaped in different regions. Discussion of experience of the UN Watercourses Convention will be complemented by cases demonstrating cooperation built from the level of transboundary communities upwards. Based on lessons learned from different approaches, participants will identify priority actions for strengthening water governance and enabling cooperation in management and development of transboundary basins.
Venue: PC 11 – Morgiou, Palais des Congrès (Level 1)
Providing people with safe water is key, as is sharing it fairly. In countries like Ghana and Bolivia, Green Cross is doing just that, working with the aim to ensure people’s basic human right of having access to water and sanitation is realized, while at the same time promoting the much broader issue of cooperation and sharing of water among countries and communities as a means of promoting peace. The project is built on training community members and environmental education. This effort, embodied in the Smart Water for Green Schools project, is a living example of Green Cross International’s mission, which is to respond to the “nexus” of environmental degradation, insecurity and poverty.
Venue: PC 6 – Jardin 2, Palais des Congrès (Rez de Jardin level)
Green Cross International will also be present throughout the week on our stand as part of the Butterfly Effect in Parc Chanot, Hall 3.