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Generations Cobayes – World Water Week in Stockholm

Générations Cobayes, Non Merci (Guinea-pig Generations No Thanks) participated at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from 22 to 28 August 2015 linking water issues to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). This Silver Jubilee edition was dedicated to Water for Development, with the upcoming adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN) in New York in September 2015.

The SDGs aim at representing a new common vision for the world until 2030. Several SDGs are relevant for water, health and the environment, in particular SDG-3 on health and well-being, SDG-6 on access to water, and SDG-12 on sustainable production and consumption patterns.

By 2030 States will commit to “substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination” (SDG-3.9); “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials” (SDG-6.3); and “achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle […] and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment” (SDG-12.4).

During the World Water Week, Vivien (far left) represented Générations Cobayes as Junior Rapporteur, allowing him to follow all sessions and participate in the drafting process of the overarching conclusions.

Vivien talked about the movement in the DailySplash radio show and presented the conclusions of the Junior Rapporteurs of the Economic team on stage during the closing plenary (video).

His final words were in Maori language: “Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi”, translating as ‘Without foresight or vision, the people will be lost’.

Originally posted on 17 September 2015

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