A Belgrado con l’Osce Pa, “serve una gestione delle risorse idriche sostenibile”

A Belgrado per l’incontro preparatorio del 23 Forum economico e ambientale dell’Osce. Ribadire gli sforzi dell’Assemblea Parlamentare dell’OSCE verso una gestione delle risorse idriche più responsabile e sostenibile. Continuare ad investire nel miglioramento delle infrastrutture idriche e condividere le migliori pratiche nella gestione dei rischi.

Questo il testo del mio intervento

Thank you for this opportunity to represent the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at this forum, I am very pleased to be here.

Most Europeans feel secure today in terms of access to water, and tend to forget that water is actually a scarce resource. But as demographic pressure continues to increase, it becomes more and more important – and urgent – to shift our attention towards the issue of water management. Water supply determines not only national security, but also affects much broader security architectures. In this regard, it is a global responsibility, including those states who are not currently facing any grave water challenges, to increase efforts in addressing this issue.

In this regard, Expo Milano 2015 is a timely event pertinent to the issue with the theme ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for life.’ It can shed light on the potential in the area of water security improvement, and spark fruitful discussions with experts that can bring us one step closer to long-term development goals. Aquae Venezia 2015 alongside Expo Milano is focusing on many water-related issues including environmental, industrial and agricultural aspects of water resources, and could stimulate more active and effective political dialogue on this matter. With cooperation and backing of many major international organizations, there is a number of complementary events within Expo Milano, so this event is certainly worth our attention.

As far as the OSCE is concerned, it constitutes an important framework to feed debates and coordinated actions within the context of its comprehensive security. In my capacity as Rapporteur of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Second Committee, I would like to emphasize the considerable role of the Parliamentary Assembly. We have secured the commitment of participating States most recently in the Baku Declaration of 2014, where the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly encourages the participating States to use all available resources to share and improve existing technologies and know-how as a part of multidimensional approach to food and water security.

Session V: Water governance from different stakeholders’ perspectives /Opening session:

To say that water is a scarce commodity vital for our welfare and health, and a major component of human security cannot be repeated enough. But naturally, the meaning of those words needs to be enhanced by strong action. The OSCE as a major regional organization has the potential to take the initiative and launch the process of long-term active cooperation with regard to water resources not only in the policy-making sphere on the international level, but also as an organization supporting public participation and youth projects focusing on this issue. As next generations will likely face more problems related to water scarcity and management than we do now, focusing on the youth participation in this sphere is of great importance. They are our future leaders, and it is therefore important to bring key stakeholders into the process as early as possible. Raising awareness of the issue amongst young people leads to innovative solutions in water governance essential for the future. At the same time, we should continue to share our knowledge and experience.

The OSCE PA has been active in encouraging the participating States to share their expertise in the field through various projects, educational seminars, and trainings in order to improve water management and alleviate food scarcity which is closely linked to the availability of water.

I would also like to bring to the fore the OSCE PA’s role as a facilitator of dialogue and inter-parliamentary co-operation, which leads to development of strategic policies and legislation. As a result, national frameworks are strengthened with the objective to advance effective policy implementation with tangible outcomes. I believe that water governance should be high on the agenda in our Second Committee. I will strive to promote this stance.

Session IV: Awareness-raising on the benefits of good water governance

(Water governance in the context of investments and development assistance)

While it is important to continue financial support and investment into fields that lead to the improvement of water infrastructure, it is only one important aspect of approaching this issue. We should not forget that sharing knowledge through dialogue with political leaders and civil societies has be high on the agenda in all related fields such as healthcare, welfare, food and water management and, more importantly, environmental degradation. It increasingly affects all of us, and therefore investment into science is a step of action paramount to development of new technologies and materials less harmful to the environment. For instance, development of biofuels will require an increasing quantity of water in the future, and also impact water quality due to possible pollution.

In my capacity as rapporteur for the OSCE PA Environmental and Economic Committee, I would like to emphasize that water and energy sectors are closely linked, and that is why investment into the scientific development in both areas should be seen as an intrinsic aspect of effective water management. This important aspect is also encouraged in the OSCE PA’s Baku Declaration.

I would also like to point out that in terms of cooperation, the OSCE can bring added value in the area of transboundary water management by increasing harmonization and promotion of legal frameworks that would strengthen existing policies and secure adequate focus on water issues, leading to positive improvements in water governance at both the national and global level. The OSCE PA also plays a role in this regard by reinforcing commitments and facilitating advance in water management, climate change, food security and related environmental issues through governmental cooperation in order to contribute to both social and environmental security.

I would like to underline the need for political will as a basis for progress in cooperation and improvement of water governance. This is where the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly plays a crucial role. We are looking forward to pursuing our commitments in the field with a vision of maximizing the capacity of the OSCE in this area.

Thank you again for the opportunity to be here today.