1st UNESCO Water Chair Meeting

1st UNESCO Water Chair Meeting

New Humanism for the XXI Century

da Lunedì, 24 ottobre 2016 - 00:00 a Mercoledì, 26 ottobre 2016 - 00:00
University for Foreigners of Perugia – Italy

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Conference theme and objectives

The UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Culture, established in 2013 at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy, organizes the 1st UNESCO WATER CHAIR MEETING in Perugia, Italy, from 24th to 26th October 2016.

The objectives of the meeting are:

  1. to discuss and identify contributions of the Chairs to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through independent but also joint projects
  2. to identify how the Chairs can increase their contribution to the implementation of the International Hydrological Programme for the current biennium (2016-2017) and the entire IHP-VIII phase (2014-2021)
  3. to define mechanisms to increase the cooperation between regional/similarly-themed Chairs, e.g. initiating the establishment of an information sharing system among all Water Chairs.

A further aim of the meeting is also to discuss and express opinions on the concept of the “New Humanism for the XXI Century” in Education, Culture and Science; in other words, an interdisciplinary approach addressing many of the current issues, including the achievement of water security and peace.

Meeting Program

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Monday October 24th

9:30 - 11:00 - Arrival and Registration
11:00 - 13:00 - Institutional Welcome Remarks and Keynote speech
13:00 - 14:30 - Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:30 - Working Meeting - Increase cooperation among similarly-themed and/or regional Water Chairs and Water Centres and Information sharing platform
15:30 - 16:00 - Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 - Scientific session S1 Water Science and Sustainable Development
20:00 - Welcome Dinner

Tuesday October 25th

9:30 - 11:00 - Scientific session S2 Water Resources Management
11:00 - 11:30 - Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 - Scientific session S3 Water and Society
13:00 - 14:30 - Lunch Break
15:00 - 17:00 - High-level Symposium Water and Jobs (Sala dei Notari, Piazza IV Novembre)
17:30 - Cocktail (Palazzo Donini, Piazza Italia)

Wednesday October 26th

9:30 - 11:00 - Round Table The new Humanism for the XXI Century
11:00 - 11:30 - Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 - Final Meeting. Recommendations on the scientific sessions and working group
12:30 - 13:00 - Closing ceremony

Conference venue

Perugia, Italy Perugia is the capital of the Province of Perugia and the Umbria Region, being located in central Italy. The town is of Etruscan origin and contains more than 160,000 inhabitants.

The Acropolis of Perugia (about 490 m a.s.l.) is built on two contiguous hills: the Collina del Sole and the Collina Landone and was selected by the Etruscans because of its rich water environment. The oldest urban center is enclosed by walls dating from the 3rd Century B. C., that are themselves incorporated into a medieval fortification (14th Century).

The latter fortification encompasses the five villages (or districts) that have developed along the five main hill ridges towards the surrounding suburbs. This expansion took place in five directions, corresponding to the five Etruscan doors and has given the city a stellar shape that Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti compared to the fingers of a hand. Its rich history is well represented by the works of art housed in the most representative cities, and the numerous monuments that characterize the urban profile of its historic center.

Among these monuments is first and foremost the Fontana Maggiore, built in the 13th Century. after construction of the aqueduct through which water was channeled to the center of the city, and which is still accessible today. In the same Piazza IV November is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, which was completed during the 15th Century.

The Palazzo dei Priori built between the 14th and 16th Century, is now the Town Hall of the Municipality of Perugia, and hosts the superintendence of cultural and ethno-anthropological heritage of the Umbria Region. The Palazzo dei Priori also contains the National Gallery of Umbria, the region's most important museum, and where visitors can admire works of artists such as Pinturicchio, Perugino, Pietro della Francesca, Gentile da Fabriano, and other work of arts covering a time span between the 13th and 19th Century.

Among the many other architectural works worthy of mention is Rocca Paolina, a fortress built by Pope Paul III in 1540, at the end of the Salt War, in which Perugia fought against the Papal State imposing taxes on the importation of marine salt. Only one wing remains of this monumental building, designed by Sangallo the Young, one of the greatest military engineers of the 16th Century.

In this highly suggestive scenario, and rich history, art and science surroundings, many cultural activities take place, making Perugia one of the most dynamic and attractive Italian cities. The best globally-known initiatives range from international music festivals (Umbria Jazz) to promotion of economic activities and crafts (Umbria Books), and from local confectionery production (Eurochocolate) to large conferences in the field of media and information (International Journalism Festival), architecture (FestArch) and science (Perugia Science Fest).

Umbria is also known as the Green heart of Italy with interesting surrounding towns and villages and in particular. For more information about Umbria, please visit the following websites:

Meeting location

The University for Foreigners of Perugia, whose principle aim is the promotion and the diffusion of Italian Language and Culture in all its expressions all over the world, will host the Conference in its main building, Palazzo Gallenga.

Palazzo Gallenga-Stuart is located in the historical city centre of Perugia, near the impressive Etruscan Arch. The Palace, in late Baroque style, was built between 1748-58 by the architect Pietro Perugino Carattoli and designed by Francesco Bianchi.

During the 1930's the American Count Frederich Thorne Rider financed the construction of the west part of the building which remains unfinished. The façade is punctuated by columns and brick cornices separating the large windows. The interior is decorated with frescoes by Giuli and Carattoli. In the main hall you can admire the painting of The Glorification of Rome by the futurist painter Gerardo Dottori.

The small palace theatre saw Carlo Goldoni perform there when he was a child. Piazza Fortebraccio, where the palace is situated, is also called Grimana in memory of Cardinal Marino Grimani, who promoted its construction in 1536 to fill in the hollow separating the walled city from the Sant'Angelo hamlet.

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