Annual International Conference: Water Security & Sustainable Development for our Common Future
EcoPeace held its annual International Conference on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan from November 22nd-23rd under the patronage of the Jordanian Minister of Water. The event, titled Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future, discussed water and peace issues in the region and is one of the only public gatherings where Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian ministerial participation takes place.
Over 250 high level regional and international officials, local leaders and activists attended the two day event. Topics of discussion included the water and sanitation crisis in Gaza and the promotion of a Palestinian/Israeli water accord. The second day included presentations from international experts on transboundary water management relevant to the plight of the Lower Jordan River; including from the Colorado and Rio Grande Rivers in US & Mexico, from the Sava River in the Balkans, from the Rhine River in Central Europe and from the Orange-Senqu River in Southern Africa.
Joint Palestinian-Israeli Youth Environmental Training Day
On November 25th Palestinian and Israeli youth from Auja and the Lower Jordan River participated in environmental activities at the Baptism Site on the River Jordan. This event is part of EcoPeace’s Good Water Neighbors project and a new initiative funded by the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.
Participants had the opportunity to partake in outdoor training activities and learn about the Jordan River and about water issues through direct interaction. The group also participated in a humus workshop to learn about “virtual water” in food.
EcoPeace Participates in International Conferences
EcoPeace Bethlehem staff participated in two significant international conferences this past month.
The first involved a network of 7 youth organizations that came together to present the results of their collaboration initiative: the Mediterranean Youth Climate Network (MYCN), aimed at uniting the young climate community of the region. The event also included the official signing into effect of the MYCN’s Charter and Governance system.
In addition, EcoPeace participated in the First Palestine Resilience Conference in Amman, Jordan from November 24th-25th. The conference was organized jointly by the Government of Palestine and the United Nations Development Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People and provided the setting for practitioners, donors, government actors, non-government actors, and the private sector to meet and discuss ways to influence resilience-based programming across Palestine.
EcoPeace’s Good Water Neighbors project is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and USAID West Bank/Gaza.