Water conference in Jordan canceled due to ‘tensions’ in ME

A conference of European and Mediterranean nations to discuss water issues has been canceled due to tension in the Middle East, AFP reported Saturday evening.

The conference, which was due to be held on the banks of the Dead Sea in Jordan, “was postponed at the request of Jordan for reasons to do with the tensions between the Arab League and Israel,” the environment ministry in France, which co-chairs with Egypt the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM) was quoted as saying.

The forum aimed to put together a long-term strategy for water in the Mediterraneanregion.

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2 responses to “Water conference in Jordan canceled due to ‘tensions’ in ME

  1. Alchemist

    There is a fantastic documentary on the film festival circuits that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND – Flow: For love of water.

    It’s an great wake-up-call documentary about the under-reported water crisis and it opens with a lovely quote from poet W.H. Auden: “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

    The film encompasses contamination, corporate (Suez, Vivendi, et al) greed and these very corporations taking advantage of the poor, underdeveloped nations of the world, the water cartel (World Water Council) that is funded by The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund who don’t fall under any jurisdiction anywhere in the world.

    Water is now the 3rd largest industry, after electricity and oil and will soon become bigger than all of them. This only means that more deadly wars will start because of it since it is more scarce than oil…and will be even more scarce each passing day as whatever fresh water we have is being polluted even more.

  2. newsblog2you

    That’s quite amazing. I will try to get my hands on the documentary. Sound fascinating. Thanks for the recommendation. Yes, I remember talk of war for water like it was quite distant thought to me in the 90’s but I can see it coming soon now! Thanks for all the info and for sharing.

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