River: A Living Being

River: A Living Being

International Water Conference 2019

January 29-30, 2019

Kuakata, Potuakhali, Bangladesh

Water and life are often synonymous, when it comes to the relation between water and life. The United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water. The rights of the river is yet to be widely recognized across the globe.

South Asian countries are blessed with hundreds of rivers. As many of these rivers are trans-boundary, people living in Bangladesh, India and Nepal share water as a common natural resource. This makes water a common trans-border agenda in South Asia. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) has been working on pro-people water justice and rights of the rivers from the lens of commons in South Asia. AAB established a ‘Water Museum’ in Kuakata, Patuakhali, Bangladesh in 2014, first of its kind in Bangladesh, as well as in Asia. In many ways, this ‘Water Museum’ has highlighted the essence of water justice, rights to water and the rights of the rivers. Water Museum is a living museum capturing the different dimensions of rivers of Bangladesh and cross-border. It is a learning journey to uphold the rights of the rivers.

ActionAid Bangladesh is hosting annual international conferences for the past two years. It has focused on different themes such as water democracy, water roots innovation with the intent to create space for sharing ideas and innovations, encourage dialogues, fostering trans-border activism and building alliance. AAB encourages people’s voice to protect water resource and pledges support to people’s initiatives and actions to this end.

The third international water conference in 2019 will emphasize on the recognition of river as a living entity. It takes into account the case of New Zealand and India where rivers were granted same legal rights as human being.

Objectives:

  • Advocating for the recognition of river as a living entity
  • Widening space for sharing multidisciplinary ideas, knowledge and insights relating to water commons, from local to a global level
  • Advancing transnational advocacy and activism on water commons from a rights perspective
Please find the Call for Paper HERE.

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