Global conferences: doubts about value of large international water meetings


Two water experts call for a reappraisal of global water conferences. In a discussion note [published in the journal of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), Water International, Peter Gleick and Jon Lane express "significant doubts about the added value of additional global conferences unless they are carefully designed, limited in scope, and focused in effort".

They suggest that future global conferences stick to global issues, while smaller and cheaper regional or sectoral meetings would be better at achieving practical results. They also recommend that ministerial meetings should be organised by the United Nations or national governments, not as parts of mega-conferences like the World Water Forums organised by the World Water Council (WWC).

Source news service, 21 September 2005