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Discussion and Reflection on Water Management and Development Cooperation during the International Days of “Water, Development and Citizenship”

Agua2Organizations and professionals from Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Italy and Spain participated in the event.

“Water, Development and Citizenship” Days organized by Documenta on May 18th and 19th in Noja, had a great success of participation and were rated as excellent by both guests and organizations that attended to Centro de Ocio Playa Dorada, venue in which the event took place.

During the event, knowledge and outlooks were exchanged from academic, governmental and civil society fields, as well as foundations for future collaborations among participating organizations were laid.

Discussion and reflection between water sector experts and cooperation sector ones were one of the most striking points of the event. During the sessions, several projects implemented by different organizations, such as Fondo del Agua of AECID, the Cantabrian Government through CIMA, Alianza por el Agua, ECODES, Water Assessment and Advisory Global Network (WASA-GN), Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano and Documenta, were presented.

Agua3Other relevant figures such as doctors, academics, researchers, students at the Universities of Cantabria and Zaragoza, at the Hidraúlica Cantabria Institute, the COIBA Cooperarion chair and La Almunia Community College, took place in the event. The importance of the meeting was also confirmed by the assistance of more than 50 guests from diverse places of Spain: Zaragoza, Sevilla, Salamanca, Vitoria, or Bilbao, including professionals and university students who attended from Santander, Torrelavega and Santoña.

In the course of the event, an international exclusive was given, for Carlos Fernández-Jáuregui, President of WASA GN, presented, from Noja and by video-conference with Madrid and Lisbon, the Executive Summary “World Forum Lisbon 21: Water, Energy and Sustainable Development”. This document provides the following recommendations for Rio + 20:

  • To promote a global paradigm shift.
  •   To create the World Water Agency of the United Nations.
  •   To create a Global Sustainable Development Centre and promote culture as a central pillar of sustainability

The closing ceremony was attended by Jesús Díaz, Mayor of Noja, who expressed his satisfaction with the celebration of these international forum in the village.

“Water, Development and Citizenship” Days have been promoted by Documenta and Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, and supported by National Agency of International Cooperation for the Development (AECID) of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

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