The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace in cooperation with the Austrian International Middle East Environment Protection Association (AIMEEPA) held a lecture on “The Conflict over Water in the Middle East” at its headquarter in Vienna November 29th 2005, which was the International Solidarity Day with the Alienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
The speakers were Mrs. Nally Haddad-Mück, President
of (AIMEEPA), the Lebanese Journalist Mr. Hussein Aoun accredited in
Mrs. Nally Haddad-Mück explained the main goals of AIMEEPA in the various fields of environment protection and focused on the essential role of governmental and non governmental organizations and institutions in achieving clean environment in human life, as well as social and economical development and prosperity, in addition to the public awareness of the direct danger of pollution. She also emphasized the crucial role of clean environment in the advancement of nations, and said: “Protection and safety of the environment, management of water and water resources as well as combating pollution in the Middle East in general and the Arab World in particular are the most in common duties and responsibilities of all people of the two regions”.
Mr. Hussein Aoun gave an
overview of the current situation of water and water resources in the
Mr. Aoun gave horrible, local, regional and
international facts and figures on the shortage of water in the Middle East and
He also pointed to warnings of many international
experts and researchers that the Middle East and the Arab World are considered
as two regions facing water scarcity, in addition to regional war on water in
the future if a fair, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution is not
achieved, taking into account that water is considered to be at the heart of
the basic religious beliefs of the majority of the people in the Middle East,
Muslims, Christians and Jews. He noted that there are many regional initiatives
and proposals to solve the shortage of water in the
Dr. Marwan Hamalawi focused
on the crisis of water in the Palestinian territories and in the Arab World. He
called for Arabic, regional and international cooperation to find practical and
technical solution to the problem of water shortage in many regions in Asia and
Africa through ambitious projects, based on connecting regions rich in water
like Turkey, with regions poor in water like Arab Countries in the Gulf, in
addition to water desalination projects. He emphasized the importance of a
solution for the Palestinian problem first, because it is the essence of the
crisis in the
At the end of the lecture, Mr.
After the lectures an Arabic buffet was organized for the guests by Ms. Eman Zadeh and Ms. Elham Abdin/Stoeffler.