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  • The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) kicked off this week in Doha, Qatar, with an emphasis on agriculture and food security concerns for a growing world population.
  • The World Water Council (WWC) on November 19 announced the appointment of Benedito Braga as the organization's new president, taking over from Loic Fauchon.
  • Palestinian media this week reported new cases of Israeli settlers and the Government of Israel destroying Palestinian water wells and agricultural lands.
  • World Water Council (WWC) Vice President Benedito Braga is not among those who were disappointed in June's United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and the profile of water issues in the outcome international agreement document.
  • 20 Mar 2012- 12:58 by OOSKAnews Correspondent France, MARSEILLE The 6th World Water Forum, which concluded on March 17, focused on promoting solutions to water challenges around the globe, as participants from governments, civil society and the private sector prepared messages for the upcoming Rio
  • Last week, France hosted two competing world water events, the official World Water Forum (WWF), convened every three years and heavily weighted to international companies along with governments, and across town the now-traditional Alternative World Water Forum, led by global NGOs. Critics call the WWF a “trade show for the water industry.”
  • 20 Mar 2012- 12:45 by OOSKAnews Correspondent France, MARSEILLE The French government will contribute $13.2 million USD to a project to build a desalination plant in Gaza, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon announced on March 12 at the opening of the sixth World Water Forum. The $395 million USD