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November 19, 2014 - Barcelona, Spain


Water is a vital resource for Humanity. Challenges linked to global warming, urbanization and demographic growth reinforce this preoccupation while the international water governance is in its early stages.
Ensuring universal access to safe and quality water, sustainably managing the resources and reinforcing its global governance represent crucial stakes at the international level. Overcoming these challenges will allow to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by reducing by 50% the number of the people who do not have access to fresh water and wastewater treatment by 2030.

Thereby, to better take into account the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change in the management of water resources, the Global Water Conference proposes new concrete solutions which could speed up the diplomatic process and most of all foster the access to drinkable water for everyone.
But fresh water and saltwater cannot be analyzed apart from another. For example, we cannot study watercourses pollution without wondering what their final destination is: the sea or the ocean. Thus, it seems relevant that topics associated with water resources preservation and marine ecosystems protection must be considered together since they are strongly interrelated.

Nowadays, the different kinds of pollutions, the over-exploitation of marine resources, the destruction of biodiversity and marine habitats are jeopardizing the oceans and seas, which are fundamental ecosystems and gatekeepers of the natural balance of our planet. Yet, oceans and seas are endless sources of inspiration and innovation. They could bring many answers to sustainable development challenges; either in the energetic field, aquatic farming or even in preserving biodiversity. It is time to rely on innovation and new technologies for the exploitation of marine resources that will open up access to new richness while preserving this living space.


Towards a Blue society


In an approach of co-construction, governments, local and regional authorities, companies and civil society must think together the emergence of a new society: a “Blue society” based on a “Blue economy”, promoting a sustainable and shared use of continental freshwater and the oceans’ richness. This “Blue society” has to be organized around new economic, social, environmental and governance models in order to improve living conditions of populations and to change behaviors to achieve a fair distribution of the resources available.

The role of the Global Water Conference is to federate, within different fields, all stakeholders involved around issues related to water resources management, marine ecosystems preservation and the deployment of the huge potential of the seas and oceans. The Global Water Conference ambition is to valorize innovative solutions and to help sharing good practices linked with the International Ocean Research Conference 2nd Edition organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO), “The Oceanography Society” and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB), 17-21 November 2014 in Barcelona.


This Second Edition of the Global Water Conference will have the following program:

“By which governance mechanisms use conflicts can be managed?”

“Can ports be a dynamic for green growth of their cities?”

“Which measures must we encourage to develop a globalized and profitable circuit of sustainable fishery?”

“Durability of innovations and sustainable cooperation: what future for the water sector?”



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