From the Right to Water to the Right to Hope: Challenges of the present and future scenarios

Asit K. Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada, Peter Gleick, Rafael Ramírez, Patricia Gualinga, Daniel Groody, Ricardo Lorenzetti, Alejandro Rossi, Lucio Ruíz

Organized by the Institute for Global Dialogue and the Culture of Encounter (IGDCE), in conjunction with the Panamazonic Ecclesial Network (REPAM), the Cycle began last Thursday, June 18, via Zoom with the participation of recognized international experts in matters of public policy and sustainable development, and was chaired by Card. Claudio Hummes, General Rapporteur of the Synod for the Amazon and president of the REPAM.

At the opening of the event, the Director of the IGDCE and host of the Forums, Luis Liberman, stated that this cycle, “which will culminate in September, proposes deepening on the challenges regarding the right to water, sustainable development and the participation of communities for the care of our common home”. Liberman also noted the importance of the words of Pope Francis, in his prayer in the central atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica, last March, in front of an empty square and amidst a full crisis due to the CoVid-19 pandemic: “we are all in the same boat, all fragile, disoriented, but all necessary”, as a starting point, in lieu of the problems to be addressed in the space for dialogue that these activities promote.

The work dynamics of this forum – the first of a series of six – was structured as a round trip “about proposals and experiences”, as explained by the Executive Director of the IGDCE, Gabriela Sacco. The Cycle of Forums also continues the journey started at the International Seminar on “The Human Right to Water”, held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences back in 2017, and joins the efforts to apply the lines of action that emerged in the Synod for the Amazon, in addition to serve as the kick-off for the seminar that both institutions are preparing at the Vatican, which will take place in February 2021.

On this website you will find the video of the complete forum.

Thursday, 18th June 2020

Time: 10 am Argentina (1 pm UTC)

Forums opening.

What are the main problems in relation to the Right to Water from the different perspectives of the Experts participating in the Forum? What elements should the solutions consider and which of these elements could we consider as transferable to other situations? Under what conditions?

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Cláudio Hummes
Cardenal. President of the Pan Amazonic Ecclessial Netwrok (REPAM)
Luis Liberman
Founder and Director, Institute for Global Dialogue and Culture of Encounter.
Gabriela Sacco
Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue and Culture of Encounter.


Asit K. Biswas
Stockholm Water Prize. Distinguished Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
Cecilia Tortajada
Senior Researcher in the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
Peter Gleick
Founder and Emeritus President of the Pacific Institute. Member of the National Academy of Science, USA. Twitter: @petergleick. Pacific Institute. CLICK HERE TO WATCH PETER GLEICK’S PRESENTATION
Rafael Ramírez
Professor of Practice. Director of the Future Scenarios Programme, University of Oxford, UK.
Patricia Gualinga
Leader of the Sarayaku. Member of the REPAM, Ecuador.
Daniel Groody
Vice-President, University of Notre Dame, USA.
Ricardo Lorenzetti
Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice, Argentina.
Alejandro Rossi
Director of the Multi-country Office, UNOPS, Costa Rica.
Lucio Ruíz
Secretary of the Dicastery for Communication, the Vatican.