Water means different things to different people. Unfortunately, in today’s market driven trend, the economic value of water supersedes the spiritual and ethical values of water. As church and faith-based organisations, it is our moral imperative to ensure that water for life gets the priority over water for profit.
Recently water was listed on the wall streets for the future water market as a tradable commodity, like oil and gold. Those who has the money can buy the water and control the access and tariff. This can jeopardise the human right to water from the poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities, including the smallholding farmers.
Various faith representatives will share, what does water mean to them according to their religion? Several pressing questions related to water for life, including the following will be dealt with:
- How can we attribute price to a priceless resource, such as water? The spiritual and ethical arguments to prevent such a move.
- How can we prioritise water usage that sustains life over commercial use of water for profit.
- How can faith based organisations help protect water from speculative future markets
A joint statement by faith communities on water for life with its spiritual and ethical significance will be issued along with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur, as an outcome of the event.
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Welcome and Intro: Moderator, Mr Dinesh Suna, Coordinator, WCC-EWN
Keynote address: Prof. Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Right to Water and Sanitation
Panel discussion "Valuing Water: A faith perspective"
Bishop Arnold Temple, Chair of WCC-EWN and President, AACC
Rev Dr Rachel Mash, environmental coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary General, GIWA
Kiran Bali, Chair, United Religions Initiative (URI)
Dr Husna Ahmad, CEO, Global One, UK
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, The Netherlands
Comments and Questions from participants
Joint action: An interfaith statement on valuing water