World Water Day 2020

Livia Pomodoro and the words of leading figures in research

World Water Day was instated in 1992, as part of the legacy of the earth Summit that was held that year in Rio de Janeiro. Another legacy is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as the legally binding Rio agreements. The Convention resulted then in the Conference of Parties, the so-called COP, whose 26th edition will take place in the United Kingdom, in Glasgow from the 9th to the 19th of November. Italy will host the Pre-COP26  as well as the first edition of Youth COP, from the 28th of September to the 2nd of October .The 22nd of March this year is a date which has much greater relevance for Milan, Italy and the rest of the world. 

This year, 2020, is the year in which all States will have to decide how to tackle climate change and its devastating effects on the water cycle“ Although Italy is going through a difficult time – states Livia Pomodoro, UNESCO chair for “Food: access and law” and the President of the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy – the will to act, if widespread and well addressed, can lead to the fulfillment of rather unhoped-for goals”. For this reason , the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy has brought together a number of leading figures from the world of research and civil society asking them to communicate, through a short video, their visions, their outlook on change for a sustainable future. As from the 22nd of March videos will be shown on the digital channels  (YouTube, Facebook) of the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy of: Livia Pomodoro (the President of the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy), Antonio Navarra (President of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change), Lanfranco Senn (President of Aqualab), Francesca Santoro (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO).“Time goes by, but the future of young people, increasingly at risk, will find a new awareness, I am sure about that”, concludes Livia Pomodoro.  And adds: “Now is the time to continue showing responsibility, courage and commitment”.