|The Regional meeting of Balkan’s countries “Water Convention and Transboundary water dialogue as an instrument for Adaptation to Climate Change”|
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|Friday, 28 December 2012 14:25|
On 19 December 2012 the Regional meeting of Balkan’s countries “Water Convention and Transboundary water dialogue as an instrument for Adaptation to Climate Change” was held in Skopje, Former Yugoslavian Republic (FYR) of Macedonia. This meeting was organized by NGOs Journalists for Human Rights together with WECF and with a support of the UN ECE.
Representatives of 17 NGO and governmental organizations, as well as public institutions of Former Yugoslavian Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Greece, Albania and Kosovo discussed different problems of water management in the Balkan region in the context of Water Convention and its Protocol on Water and Health promotion. This Meeting was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Water Convention.
The participants of this meeting emphasized that access to clean drinking water is a human right guaranteed by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which itself implies a greater concern for the existing water relations, because water is a basis for the existence of the world. As a result of climate change, there is a risk that decreasing access to water resources can be a cause for the possible third world war.
Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia has not yet signed the Water Convention and does not plan to do so for the next years. There is a lack of knowledge and awareness about water problems and water resources management in the society and among the NGOs. However the Protocol on Water and Health to the Water Convention will be ratified soon, because Macedonia is working on it.
As a result of the presentations of the Balkan water issues and problems discussion in the context of the Water Convention the participants of the Meeting formulated the following challenges:
All water problems discussed during the Regional meeting dedicated to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Water Convention adoption, were reflected in the NGO Statement which will be sent to the Member Parties of the Water Convention and the Protocol on Water and Health. Also, NGOs highlighted the need to develop more cooperation between the UN international organizations and local NGOs to build the capacities and to raise awareness on different water issues and to develop water cooperation among them. NGOs call upon the Government of FYR of Macedonia to join the Water Convention and to ratify its Protocol on Water and Health.
Read more: https://sites.google.com/site/toxictoysmkd/regionalna-konferencija-za-konvencijata-za-voda