Posted by: Wasrag | May 28, 2012

Water and peace in the Middle East

Join RI President Banerjee and the President of Turkey to discuss Water and Peace in the Middle East.

President Banerjee and HE Suleyman Demirel, President of Turkey, will lead a one day conference in Istanbul, on Sunday, June 17th. Other speakers include RI Director Owori, Past Directors Balkan and Gupta, Director-nominee Peiper and PDG Dr Ron Denham (Chair, Wasrag). Read

 Former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali said in the ’90s, that the next war in the Middle East would be about water, not politics. All of the countries and territories around the Jordan River watershed are using more than their renewable fresh water supply. Demand for water already outstrips supply and the population is growing at an alarming rate. Pumping exceeds safe yields. Rainfall is too low to support basic agriculture. And, where water is available, pollution is reducing the amount of water available for human use. The current situation is untenable.

Water resources cross political boundaries. All the countries have a stake in a peaceful solution.

Solutions must be found; and Rotarians can contribute to the solutions.

RI President Banerjee will stress the role of water and its contribution to peace. HE President Demirel will focus on water and peace in the Middle East and Balkan countries. Other speakers will examine the importance of conservation and making best use of the water resources. And, not to be overlooked, experience with de-salination will be on the agenda

A panel will explore how Rotary can facilitate peace through its water program. It will set the stage for discussion among participants on possible roles for your club. 

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a personal impact on peace in one of the world’s most sensitive regions.

Join your brothers and sisters in Rotary on the 17th. Registration begins on the afternoon of the 16th, followed by tours of Istanbul for early arrivals. The program will conclude with a gala dinner on the evening of the 17th. Other tours will be available on Monday, June 18th for those choosing late departure.

Please contact PRID Örsçelik Balkan for more details.



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