Waters for Peace is the theme of the FREE EVENT “2nd International Conference on Water and Transdisciplinarity”, on the 11th and 12th of January, 2018 at the National Museum, in Brasília, Brazil.
Brazil has one of the most expressive and significant collections of watersheds on the planet.
It holds a strategic position that is of vital relevance to build a platform of transformations that seek to balance the equation of life in connection with natural and socio-cultural systems.
Brazil is experiencing the contradiction of being the birthplace of waters and of going through the greatest water crisis in its history.
Brazil has invited and accepted worldwide responsibility for holding the 8th World Water Forum.
The 2nd Waters For Peace Conference proposes immersion in a new self-referential culture integrating nature, humans and transformational logic in the relationship between human life and the biosphere, redefining this symbolic and also tangible relationship with newly nuanced meaning that can support an effective process for change.
ENCOURAGE THE AWAKENING OF CONSCIOUSNESS REGARDING THE SYMBOLIC MATERIALITY OF WATER AND THE DEBATE ABOUT ITS STATUS AS A BODY OF LAW
CONTRIBUTE TO PROMOTING AND IMPLEMENTING THE 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS – SDG
STRENGTHEN AND PROMOTE PRE-FORUM ACTIVITIES WITH COMMUNITIES, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, CHILDREN AND YOUTH
BROADEN THE CONCEPT OF WATER RESOURCES, UNDERSTANDING THAT WATER AND ITS PUBLIC MANAGEMENT POLICIES MUST GO BEYOND THE ASPECT OF USE, RECOGNIZING IT AS A SOURCE OF LIFE, INCLUDING OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE ASPECTS
PRODUCE A DOCUMENT WITH THE VISION OF WATERS FOR PEACE AND INFLUENCE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE UN AND THE 8TH WORLD WATER FORUM
STRENGTHEN THE WATER AND SPIRITUALITY CAMPAIGN, LAUNCHED IN 2013 IN INDIA, WHICH PROPOSES THAT THE UN DECLARE “WATER AND SPIRITUALITY” AS THE THEME OF WORLD WATER DAY
STRENGTHEN THE CULTURE OF PEACE AND WATER CARE, ENSURING THE HEALTH OF ECOSYSTEMS AND THEIR ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AS A PUBLIC GOOD
IDENTIFY, ENCOURAGE AND SHARE EXPERIENCES AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT ENHANCE THE VIEW OF WATER, AS WELL AS THE ACCESS TO WATER FOR DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES OF LIFE.
AN INCLUSIVE PROPOSAL
A TRANSDISCIPLINARY ACTION INVOLVING REPRESENTATIVES FROM CIVIL SOCIETY, THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT.
A COLLECTIVE, DEMOCRATIC AND INCLUSIVE PROJECT, WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION.
THE PARTICIPATION OF WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE COMMITTED TO THIS ISSUE WHO COME FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND WITH DIFFERENT REALITIES.
To achieve our goals, we propose a free program, which transcends the technical and philosophical discussion, providing an sensory experience to the participants. There will be cultural presentations, workshops, lectures, and panels with prominent personalities in the themes related to water and the culture of peace. We will conclude the activities with an Ecumenical Act for the waters.
CRITERIA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROGRAM
STANDING ON BRAZILIAN SOCIETY
RESPECT TO GENDER
DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY
THE WHOLE PROGRAM WAS BUILT UNDER THE CONCEPT OF THE CULTURE OF PEACE
THE PROJECT PROPOSES ALLEGIANCES AND NEW PARADIGMS
A SOLEMN MOMENT WHICH WILL GATHER INVITED AUTHORITIES AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS TO OPEN THE EVENT AND TO WELCOME THE PUBLIC AND THE SPEAKERS.
January 11th, 2018, from 4:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
Panel 1 proposes a reflection on the significance of the ancestral historical and cultural role that water plays since man perceived it as an essential element for his personal and social survival, as well as the impact that these perceptions have had on his own sustainability as limited nature resource. In contemporary society, Water – primordial and essential manifestation – has emptied itself of its full and sacred meaning, transforming itself into a representation devoid of ancestry, disconnected from the very memory of the universe and of organic life on Earth. In this crucial moment that we are navigating, in order for us not to drown in the current unsustainability of the human relation towards natural resources, we must have a global look that originates from the wisdom and knowledge of different traditions in dialogue with the discoveries of science, capable of forging new visions towards realizing the challenge of reconstructing the human project in our planet.
January 12th, 2018, from 8:40 am to 10:40 am
This Panel justifies itself, in part, due to the limiting way the global crisis has been treated, focusing only in getting back to growth, bearing in mind that this perspective does not take into consideration sufficient answers to the multiple challenges that are set in both local and global scenarios. It is necessary to face the chain reaction of factors, where recurring climate disasters potentiate economical bottlenecks and intensify social fractures, which turn into regional or ethnic wars, spinning a set of interactions, which result in uncertainty and insecurities.
The centrality of the proposal in this panel is to call the organizations on the international scope to can act in unison with the objective of transforming water into a strategic heritage of humanity, in a potential instrument for the promotion of a culture of peace and cooperation. In this scenario, research and innovation have been giving great contributions in pointing the ways, perspectives and solutions towards overcoming the scenarios of crisis in the economic, ethical, political and environmental fields that we currently cross as society. This panel aims at advancing in some topics, like the technical and technological advancements in relation to the sustainability of water in a transdisciplinary perspective.
January 12th, 2018, from 11:10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
January 12th, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:30 pm
January11th, 2018, from 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
The spiritual and humanitarian leader and idealizer of the global movement “Awaken Love”, Sri Prem Baba, is the speaker for the opening lecture and will talk about the themes of the seminar, sharing opinions and enriching the dialogue.
Sri Prem Baba
Babalorisa Ogun Tòórikpe
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
Dom Leonardo Ulrich Steiner
Dr. Beverly Rubik
Environmentalist, activist and former state secretary for the environment of the Federal District
Moema Libera Viezzer
Henk Van Schaik
Dr. Harry Jabs
Senior scientist and engineer at the Institute for Frontier Science in Oakland, California. He developed several mechanisms and devices for purification, treatment and catchment of water.
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