UNIVERSITY OF AIX-MARSEILLES                                                                                 UNIVERSITY OF KASLIK

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS (LEBANON, 18/20 JUNE 1998)
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND COMPARATIVE LAW ON INTERNATIONAL WATERCOURSES - EDUCATION FOR A SHARED AND PROTECTED WATER CULTURE

Thursday, 18 June 1998

9h00 OPENING SESSION                                                                                                                                             

                  Christian LOUIT, President of the University of Aix-Marseilles
                  Father Antoine KHALIFÉ, Rector of the University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik
                  Hazem EL-BEBLAWI, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia - United Nations
                  Federico MAYOR, Director-General of UNESCO
 
                  S.E. Sr. Elias HRAOUI, President of the Republic of Lebanon
 
10h30 BREAK                                                                                                                                                                     

 
11h00 ORGANISATION OF THE CONGRESS                                                                    

                    GENERAL PRESENTATION
                          Jean A. VERGNES, Director of the International University Water Institute, University of Aix-Marseilles
                    LEGAL AND EDUCATIONAL ASPECTS
                          Father Basile BASILE, Vice Rector of the University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Dean of the Faculty of Law
 
11h30 FIRST PLENARY SESSION                                                                                                                                  

General Theme : GENERAL RULES AND PRINCIPLES OF LAW ON INTERNATIONAL WATERCOURSES
Chairman :  S.E. Sr Faouzi HOBEICHE, Minister of Culture and Higher Education (Lebanon)
Rapporteur :  Corinne LEPAGE, Barrister, the Order of Barristers of Paris. Ex-Minister of Environment (France)
Moderator :  Raymond LAFFITE, , Professor of Polytechnic school (Lausanne), President of International Ass. of Hydroelectricity (Switzerland)
 
Keynote address 1 (15 mn) :   Is there an International Law on Water ?
Speaker :  Jacques SIRONNEAU, Chief, Bureau of legal affairs, Water Direction, Ministry of Environment (France)
 
Keynote address 2 (15 mn) :  International watercourses and shared water law
Speaker :  Dante CAPONERA, President, Legal Branch FAO, International Association of Water Law (Italy)
 
Keynote address 3 (15 mn) :  The convention on the law of the non-navigational uses of International Watercourses (UN Commission for International Law)
Speaker :  Houria TAZI SADEK, Professor, International Law, University of Casablanca
                                       (Morocco)
                                       Co-President Water Alliance for Maghreb-Machrek for Water
 
Keynote address 4 (15 mn) :  Regional Hydropolitics for resolving transboundary water resources conflicts
Speaker :  Jacques GANOULLIS, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
                                          Team Leader of ETNET-Water, European Thematic Network
                                          of Education and Training - Water (Greece)
 
Keynote address 5 (15 mn) :  Petersberg's Declaration
Speaker :  Hubert LANG, Adviser for Culture, in charge of Legal Affairs, Embassy of Germany in Lebanon (Germany)
 
DEBATE
 
13h30 LUNCH

 
15h00 SECOND PLENARY SESSION

General Theme : EDUCATION FOR A SHARED AND PROTECTED WATER CULTURE
Chairman :  Georges TOHMÉ,ex-Director of UNESCO International Bureau for Education in Geneva, President of CNRS (Lebanon)
Rapporteur :  Michel MOREAU, Rector, Director-General of National Centre of Distance Learning (France)
Moderator :  Chafic MOUALLEM, Advisor to the Minister of National Education (Lebanon)
 
Keynote address 6 (15 mn) :  A formal water education strategy for society based on children
Speaker :  Michel AURIAULT, Inspector of National Education, Academy of Aix-Marseilles (France)
 
Keynote address 7 (15 mn) :   Education and sensitization to interrelationships between population and needs in water
Speaker :  Mouna SAMMAN, senior program specialist (UNESCO), Transdisciplinary Project : Educating for a Sustainable Future (Syria)
 
Keynote address 8 (15 mn) :  Culturally-sensitive Education for Water Sharing and Protection
Speaker :  Hussein AMERY, Professor, University of Colorado (USA)
 
Keynote address 9 (15 mn) :  Role of information sciences in Education for a shared and protected water
Speaker :  Natalie PAUWELS, Environment Institute of Stockholm (Sweden)
 
Keynote address 10 (15 mn) :  
Speaker :  X
 
DEBATE
 
17h00 BREAK

 
17h30 WORKSHOPS

Workshop 1 :  Examination of a preparatory document for a draft Project of an International Convention on Water
Chairman :  Mohammed SAHAM, Vice-Dean of Faculty of Law of Marrakech (Morocco)
   Synthesis on "Water Treaties" by Philippe EL FADL, Barrister, Order of Barristers of    Paris (France)
 
Workshop 2 :  Regional experiences in Water Education
Chairman :  Cosimo LACIRIGNOLA, Director of Mediterranean Institute of Agronomy (Italy)
   With the participation of :
         Michel DRAIN,                     "Association New Culture for Water" (Spain)
         Michel DUCROCQ,               Chief Engineer, Director of Cemagref (France)
         Pierpaolo FAGGI,                 Professor, University of Padou (Italy)
         Francis JOSÉ-MARIA,         Officer-in-charge, partnership project of an education
                                                         for a water culture (France)
 
19h00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Theme: The problem of water resources in the coming 20 years : the Mediterranean Basin
Chairman          :  H. Exc. Mr. Michel EDDE,         Minister of State (Lebanon)
Speaker          :  Loïc FAUCHON,                        President Director-General of the Water Society
                                                               of Marseilles (France)
 

Friday, 19 June 1998

9h00 THIRD PLENARY SESSION                                                                                                                                   

General Theme : THE LAW OF WATERCOURSES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION
Chairman :  H. Exc. Mr. Bahige TABBARAH, Minister of Law (Lebanon)
Rapporteur :  Francesco LETTERA, Adviser on water law to the Government of Italy (Italy)
Moderator :  Andrè WULFF, Water Academy - Director of legal affairs of Seine-Maritime Water Agency - (France)
 
Keynote address 11 (15 mn) :  Community legislation on water : a transposable model ?
Speaker :  Christan HUGLO, Jurist, specialist in International Law on Water (France)
 
Keynote address 12 (15 mn) :  Religions and Law of Water
Speaker :  Bruno ÉTIENNE, Professor, Institute of Political Studies, University of Aix-Marseilles (France)
  :   Raphaël DRAY, Professor, University of Picardie (France)
 
Keynote address 13 (15 mn) :  Experience of regulation and bilateral co-operation on international watercourses between Spain and Portugal
Speaker :  Maria pilar POZO SERRANO. Professor of law, University of Valencia (Spain)
 
Keynote address 14 (15 mn) :  Euphrates and Tigris : two water courses, three frontiers. Which solutions ?
Speaker :  René-Georges MAURY, University of Potenza -Oriental University Institute of Naples (Italy)
 
Keynote address 15 (15 mn) :  Ethiopia, Nile and International Law
Speaker :  Lebanese expert
 
Keynote address 16 (15 mn) :  Water Tribunal of Valencia. The Spanish example
Speaker :  Vicente Baixauli PASTOR, President of the Water Tribunal (Spain)
DEBATE
 
11h00 BREAK

 
11h30 FOURTH PLENARY SESSION

General theme: WATERCOURSES IN LEBANON
Chairman :  H. Exc. Sr. Elias HOBEIKA, Minister for Hydrological and Electrical Resources (Lebanon)
Rapporteur :  Gwyn ROWLEY, Professor, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Moderator :  Boutros LABAKI, Vice-President of the Council for Development and Reconstruction (Lebanon)
 
Keynote address 17 (15 mn) :  Water Management System
Speaker :  Fadi COMEIR, President Director-General, National Office of Litani (Lebanon)
 
Keynote address 18 (15 mn) :  Institutional reform and water pollution related laws
Speaker :  Hyam MALLAT, Lawyer, Professor of environment and urbanism Law (ESIB) - University of Saint Joseph (Lebanon)
 
Keynote address 19 (15 mn) :  Water in Lebanon
Speaker
:  Nabil KHALIFé, Professor, University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (Lebanon)
 
Keynote address 20 (15 mn) :  Administrative, penal and legal law on Water (Lebanon)
Speaker :  Fayez MATTAR, Magistrate, Professor of Law (Lebanon)
 
DEBATE
 
13h30 LUNCH

 
15h00 FIFTH PLENARY SESSION

General theme: STRATEGY FOR THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE CONGRESS
Chairman :  Jean A. VERGNES,Director of the International University Water Institute, University of Aix-Marseilles (France)
Rapporteur :  Larbi BOUGERRA, Charles-Leopold Mayer Foundation (Switzerland)
Moderator :  Thierry Piette-Coudol, Barrister, specialist on International law on Internet (France)
 
Keynote address 21 (15 mn) :  Internet, a network support
Speaker :  Jean Yves BABONNEAU, Director, Network Information System, INRIA researcher (France)
 
Keynote address 22 (15 mn) :  A reproducible follow-up strategy
Speaker :  Daniel PIMIENTA, International expert on Internet, President of the "Fundacion Redes y Desarrollo" (Saint Domingo)
 
Keynote address 23 (15 mn) :  Congress follow-up and constitution of a co-ordination group
Speaker :  Jacques VAUTHIER, Secretary General of FIED - Inter University Federation for Distance Education (France)
 
Keynote address 24 (15 mn) :  The International Network of Basin organisms
Speaker :  Joël MANCEL, Director of the International Co-operation International Water Office (France)
 
DEBATE AND CONSTITUTION OF A WATER CO-ORDINATION GROUP
 
17h00 BREAK

 
17h30 WORKSHOPS

Workshop 3 :  Drafting of a preparatory document for the Draft International Convention on Water
Chairman :  Philippe EL FADL,Barrister, Order of Barristers of Paris (France)
 
Workshop 4 :  An awareness building strategy for decision-makers ? Role of the educational system and the media
Chairman :  Orlando HALL ROSE, Chief (UNESCO), Section for Science Technology and Environmental Education (Costa Rica)
   With the participation of :
         Raymond JOST,            Secretary general "International Secretariat of Water"
                                                 (Canada)
         Michel HUBERT,            President of French National Committee for International
                                                 Hydraulic Program of UNESCO
                                                 Professor, School of Mines of Paris (France)
         Michel MOREAU,           Rector, Director general of National Centre of Distance
                                                 Education (France)
         Didier OILLO,                Co-ordinator, AUPELF (France)
 
19h00 KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Chairman :  H. Exc. Mr. Akram CHOHAYEB, Minister of Environment (Lebanon)
 
Subjet I :  Information technologies and sustainable management of hydrological resources
Speaker :  Bassam JABER, Director-General of Exploitation to the Hydrological and Electricity Resources Ministry (Lebanon)
:  Selim KATAFAGO, Adviser to the Minister of Hydrological and Electricity Resources (Lebanon)
 
Subjet II :  The water projects financed by International Organisations
Speaker :  Guy LE MOIGNE, Director General of World Water Council

Saturday, 20 June 1998

9h00 Consultation meeting of Chairmen, Moderators and Rapporteurs. Preparation of official documents                 

Chairman :  Gustavo LOPEZ OSPINA, Director (UNESCO), Transdisciplanary Project : Educating for a Sustainable Future (Colombia)
 
9h00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS                                                                                                                                                          

Chairman :   P. Sélim ABOU, Rector of the University Saint Joseph of Beirut
Keynote address :   Measurement of the characteristics of a watercourse by satellite : an aid for regulation control
   Data base on "Water" : an aid for the lawyers. Technical situation. Future perspectives
Speaker :  Wajdi NAJEM,            Vice-Dean of the Engineering Faculty, University of St Joseph
                                        (Lebanon)
     Françoise AXÈS,       SPOT-Image (France)
     Marc MORELL,          Orstom, Med-Hycos (France)
     X,                                 Semide Project
 
11h00 REPORTS OF PLENARY SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS BY THE RAPPORTEURS

Chairman :  H. Exc. Sr. Farès BOUEIZ, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Lebanon)
     DEBATE AND ADOPTION OF THE FINAL TEXTS
     Gustavo LOPEZ OSPINA, Director (UNESCO), President of consultation meeting (Colombia)
 
12h30 BREAK

 
13h00 CLOSURE : SYNTHESIS OF THE CONGRESS AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES

SYNTHESIS OF THE CONGRESS R.P. Antoine KHALIFE, Rector of the University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik
CLOSING ADDRESS S.E. Sr. Farès BOUEIZ, Minister for Foreign Affairs
 
14h00 RECEPTION



On leaving, they also hoped that the crisis had not yet reached the point beyond which nothing is possible. Surely, their optimism was better founded than that of the officers of the Titanic who had been told that their boat was insubmersible ñ when they perceived the sombre mass of the unavoidable iceberg.

Jean A. Vergnes - Marrakech World Forum- March 1997