In a time, where conflicts and lack of understanding for different perspectives mark the events of the day worldwide, the successful dialogue takes on an extraordinary role. "The word dialogue originates from the Greek Language and signifies "through" (dia) and "sense of the word" which is the meaning (logos)." " Should you have ever experienced a real dialogue, then you have seen and felt the potential of this specific methodology of mutual understanding leading to the discovery of new ground and furthermore to the opening of new horizons.
|The 12th Global Dialogue|
Freshwater makes up less than three percent of water on earth. The renewability of water is far more limited than it is theoretically for sun and wind as energy sources.
Water, a scarce resource, is one of the most important strategic elements needed in sustainable development to maintain human life on the blue planet Earth. People have been struggling for generations in the Middle East region over rights to water, a resource more precious to them than oil. The perpetual violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has much more to do with water rights than the international public realises. Water is already in short supply in California, one of the United States' most populous states; Texas is facing shortages as well. In other parts of the world, conflicts over water have been commonplace for a long time. These conflicts could well escalate in coming years.
The United Nations has declared 2003 the International Year of Freshwater,
thereby spotlighting one of the most vital issues facing mankind's future.
Water was and still is mankind's elixir of life, attributed with mythological
Water reserves cannot be conjured up by improving policies, reducing subsidies or lowering taxes, but improvements can certainly be made to water quality and consumption efficiency, and regional disparity regarding access to water can be evened out.
The 12th Global Dialogue of the Hannover International Forum on Sustainability,
an active legacy of the world's largest international series of seminars
on sustainability, launched on the occasion of Expo 2000, is now contributing
to the urgent challenge of placing the United Nations International Year
of Freshwater at the centre of public
The 12th Global Dialogue offers participants an international dialogue
forum with those who are now shaping practical solutions for the future.
It is an exchange of experience, an idea market, and a place where world
cultures, science, economics, politics and civil society meet and grapple
with each other.
|The Global Dialogue An Overview|
Global Dialogue in EXPO City Hannover