WORLD WATER WEEK, FRI: WATER ACROSS BORDERS

By Julia Day Delegates arrived today slightly weary from a week of networking (or last evening’s Royal Banquet festivities with Sweden’s Orlando Bloom-alike Prince). Nonetheless it is a good turnout for the closing plenary, which is attempting to sum up the key messages emerging from World Water Week. Managing water across borders was one of…

WORLD WATER WEEK, THURS: TOWARDS COP-15

By Julia Day It is the turn of the big-hitters this afternoon, with a panel made up of water Ministers from around the world. They were tasked with revealing how they plan to bring water and climate change together to advocate for stronger global action at the forthcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, COP-15. With…

WORLD WATER WEEK: PHOTOS

Have a look at some of our photos from World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

WORLD WATER WEEK – THURSDAY – WATER & CLIMATE

By Julia Day Despite being organised to within an inch of its life here at the Stockholmsmassan conference centre, World Water Week’s morning sessions are already running behind. Has there ever been a conference that runs on time? Answers on a postcard, please. Anyway, I am sitting in on a session entitled ‘From Theory to…

WORLD WATER WEEK, STOCKHOLM

By Julia Day Here in the Swedish capital of Stockholm the 19th annual World Water Week is in full swing. Having only arrived this evening, there is a lot to catch up on ahead of the STEPS Centre session on Liquid Dynamics on Friday. Nearly 2,500 scientists, policymakers, business leaders, NGOs and media from 136…

NATURE ARTICLE ON GM FROM STEPS

Ian Scoones, co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre and Dominic Glover of the Technology and Agrarian Development Group at Wageningen University have written an article in this week’s Nature magazine (August 13) which explores the fallout of a new book on agricultural biotechnology in Africa. Scoones and Glover take a look at the Robert Paarlberg’s…

NEW PROJECT: BEYOND BIOSAFETY

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre member The STEPS Centre is launching a new pilot project, Beyond Biosafety, aimed at opening up debates about biosafety. The project focusses on Kenya and the Philippines, as two countries that have been seen, at different times, as regional ‘test cases’ for biotechnology and biosafety regulatory development.   Debates about…

A BRITISH FOOD REVOLUTION?

By Julia Day The UK government has today called for an “radical rethink” of food production in the country. And unsurprisingly, genetically modified crops are at the centre of the plans. Hilary Benn, the UK environment minister, suggested GM farming could help to increase Britain’s crop production as he set out plans to make the…

CLINTON: AFRICA WILL BE WORLD’S BREADBASKET

By Julia Day After a simmering row between the US and Kenya at the start of the 8th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade conference in Nairobi this week, the event has ended with a call for African governments to develop regional trade while taking advantage of assistance from the US. Earlier this week,…