United Nations International Year of Cooperation

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2013In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation (Resolution A/RES/65/154). In reflection of this declaration, the 2013 World Water Day, which will take place on 22 March 2013, also will be dedicated to water cooperation. Therefore, UN-Water has called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013 United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular because of the Organization’s unique multidisciplinary approach which blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. Given the intrinsic nature of water as a transversal and universal element, the United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation naturally would embrace and touch upon all these aspects.

© FAO MediabaseThe objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The Year will highlight the history of successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, transboundary water management, financing cooperation, national/international legal frameworks, and the linkages with the Millennium Development Goals. It also will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum created at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and to support the formulation of new objectives that will contribute towards developing water resources that are truly sustainable.

© FAO MediabaseCelebrations throughout the Year will include featured events at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as well as many other events organized by various stakeholders around the world. Such events will seek to promote actions at all levels in relevant areas including education, culture, gender, the sciences, conflict prevention and resolution, as well as ethics, among others.

To know more about the 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation please contact Lucilla Minelli at: l.minelli@unesco.org.


NM Reservoir levels, Sept 2012

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At the recent Sunday morning conversation of JourneySantaFe held at Collected Works Bookstore, the following chart was circulated. These photos were taken on an iPhone so areImagenot perfectly clear, but the MESSAGE CERTAINLY IS. Click on the photo to enlarge

Here is the link to the original:


Welcome to International Year on Water Cooperation!

Welcome to International Year on Water Cooperation!
(http://www.unwater.org/watercooperation2013.html )

As you may know there is a series of rapid UN/civil society consultations
(through web discussion forums) on different aspects of the post-2015
development agenda, in follow-up to the Rio+20 summit.  Those of you working
on water-related issues might like to take this important opportunity to
make your voice heard on that topic in particular, at
http://www.worldwewant2015.org/water .

Women of the Congo

Here is a copy of the Earth Treasure Vase newsletter about a new video from the Women of the Congo, following Neema Namadamu’s visit to Santa Fe:




New Video Release: Women Witness Congo

Produced by Alliance for the Earth 

U.S. partner for Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa of Congo

Dear Friends,

We are honored and excited to share with you our first Women Witness Congo video.

Women Witness Congo began as a digital storytelling project dedicated to connecting the global community with the women of Congo, their rising leadership and their compelling visions for change.

The project came into being in April 2012 when Alliance for the Earth journeyed to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to bury one of our last Earth Treasure Vases in the heart of Africa. At that time, we were introduced to Congolese leader and World Pulse correspondent Neema Namadamu, who facilitated every aspect of our journey from securing entrance into the vast Itombwe Forest to co-facilitating the media trainings we offered to women in Bukavu.

Here is our first piece, featuring some of the women we met, their stories, and their solutions towards a New Congo.

Watch the Women Witness Congo video here.

This video was made in partnership with World Pulse, an action-oriented media network powered by women from 190 countries. Their mission is to lift and unite women’s voices to accelerate their impact for the world. World Pulse has developed a large-scale action campaign to EndViolence Against Women that includes a Congo focus.

We offer this video to Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa (Hero Women), a growing collective of women who are bringing forth a New Congo — founded and sustained in peace — that honors the rights of women, the rights of indigenous peoples, the rights of nature, and the rights of future generations. It is our great privilege to serve as partner and fiscal sponsor in the U.S. for the Maman Shujaa and their movement for peace.

The Maman Shujaa welcome home Dr. Denis Mukwege

This week, Neema and Jeanette Ruhebuza are representing the Maman Shujaa at the 20th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Neema and Jeanette will be taking their seat at the table and calling for strong commitments and actions from African Union representatives and world leaders to reform and implement policies that empower women to garner equal access to marriage rights, justice, education, employment, services, civic and political leadership roles, and most of all, the chance to live free from war, rape and gender-based violence.

We invite you to join us in standing shoulder-to-shoulder and heart-to-heart with our sisters in Congo who are leading the way to global peace. Please support the Maman Shujaa by:

Thank you. Umoja Ni Nguvu! Together we are strong.

Alliance for the Earth


We gratefully acknowledge editors Doug Gerash and Raji Mandelkorn whose vision and passion sing throughout this piece. Raji co-created the media trainings in Bukavu with Cynthia and Neema. Without her documentary filming skills in Congo, this video would not have been possible.

We deeply thank our friends in Bukavu who opened their hearts and helped us with this project: Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa (Hero Women), Faida Mutula of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Foundation, Amani Matabaro of Action Kivu and Dominique Bikaba of Strong Roots Congo. May the vision of peace that the people of Congo have tended for so long be realized. 

Lastly, we bow deeply to Jade Frank and the staff at World Pulse, members of the Threshold Foundation, and our many friends and allies who so generously supported the creation of this digital storytelling through the Women Witness Congo campaign at Indiegogo. Thank you for recognizing that the health and wellbeing of all of our communities is inextricably linked to peace in Congo.


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Next Meetings

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Water Wheel Ceremonies

Watershed Restoration

Waste Water Recycling

Water politics




The next meeting of the Santa FeWater Awareness Group will be on Wednesday the 30th January at the La Farge Library meeting Room 1730 Llano Street, Santa Fe at 5:30PM

There will be a Santa Fe Global Water Festival planning  meeting on Wednesday the 6th February at the Natural Grocers Event room 3328 Cerrillos Road at 5:30 PM

Drought Management Memorial

Below is a copy of a memorial being introduced by NM State Representative Carl Trujillo to introduce proactive measures to address future pollution and damage from wildfires, drought and low water recharge: Please contact rep Trujillo with recommendations, comments or information.:





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