ACTIVITIES 2005 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

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ACTIVITIES 2005 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

IoS was particularly involved in the organisation of a Public Consultation held in

Stockholm as a side event of the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, and a

Stakeholder Consultation held in October in Budapest, Hungary. Thanks to the support

provided by EASA member, Prof. George Pethes, the meeting could be held in

the premises of the Hungarian Academy of Science. 150 representatives of the

European water industry, of water authorities, science and the EU Commission

discussed the Vision Document and the Strategic Research Agenda developed by

WSSTP.

TECHNEAU – an EU funded Integrated Project

IoS represented by Peter Wilderer joined the project advisory committee of the Integrated

Project entitled “Technology Enabled Universal Access to Safe Water”

(TECHNEAU) funded by the EU.

Sustainable development of Mega Cities: case study Lima, Peru

IoS became a member of the consortium which carries out a research project on

“Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment in Megacities of Tomorrow – Concepts

for Metropolitan Lima, Perú (LiWa)” financed be the German Federal Ministery of

Education and Research (BMBF). Members of IoS and of EASA (Prof. Renn, Dr.

Wichern, Hans Huber) are active in this consortium with additional sub-projects.

One of the major goals of the project is development of a concept which may

eventually lead to improvement of water supply and wastewater management in

Lima. Strategies are to be developed which are tailored to the local situation.

Solutions should meet the very local economic, social and ecological conditions.

Art exhibition in Munich on “Mythos und Naturgewalt Wasser” (Myth and

Power of Water)

IoS participated in the development and presentation of an exhibition focusing on

the expression of myth and power of water in art and in technology. The show was

designed under the leadership of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung and in collaboration with

the Munich-Re-Foundation, the German Technical Museum and the local State

Water Authorities. In the museum of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung in Munich paintings

and sculptures were exposed in combination with various technical objects and with

posters and videos. In parallel, a serious of seminars was held in the lecture theatre

of the Bavarian Academy of Science. One of the lectures was presented by Peter

Wilderer, representing the Institute. It is worth noticing that more than 60,000 persons

visited the exhibition, and more than 500 persons attended the seminars.

H Human Right to Water: UN conference in Berlin

About 200 delegates of various UN Member States attended the conference on

“Human Right to Water” held on October 21 in Berlin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to the conference a panel discussion on “Are we clogging the pipes – Water

Policy after the UN Summit in 2005” was held, attended by about 170 persons. The

Institute represented by Peter Wilderer was invited to participate on both events and

to act as panellist.

Panel Discussion

The State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Müller, opened the panel discussion

with a very convincingly presented overview speech. In the following, the panellists

presented some key note statements which were discussed of Johannah Bernstein,

Canada, Environmental Law Consultant, Dr. Peter Gleick, USA, Pacific Institute for

Studies in Development, Environment and Security, Sir Paul Lever, UK, RWE-

Thames Water, former Ambassador of UK to Germany, Jamie Pittock, Australien,

Global Freshwater Programme des WWF, S.E. Dr. Bernd Quesada, Ambassador of

the Republic of Costa Rica, Prof. Dr. Peter Wilderer, Germany, IoS.

Conference

The issue of „Human Right on Water“ is being discussed since the 1966 already

when the UN Human Right Commission published the following two documents:

- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

In the course of the discussions in Berlin the question was raised whether the right

to water should be implemented in the catalogue of human rights. Any right is based

on a corresponding claim of ownership.

The Banz II workshop on Education in progress

The follow-up workshop in Kloster Banz is aimed to discuss the various factors

currently hindering implementation and enforcement of sustainable development

measures. Amongst those factors are the recent trends of neo-liberalism, adoration

of shareholder values, egocentric individualism, and ignorance concerning ecological,

social and economic interrelationships, synergisms and antagonisms.

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