Argentina has become the Latin American country to take the first steps trying to replicate the format of the Future Congress after officially inaugurating Water to Breathe, a science dissemination meeting that is taking place – these days – in the Parque del Conocimiento de Posadas , province of Misiones, of the trans-Andean country and which brought together scientists from the region, policy makers and leaders in the field of Argentine culture and social organizations.
This open and free meeting for all the public, which began on December 1, with the delivery of the declaration of provincial interest of Acqua da Respirare, was born from various talks between the Libraries of the Chilean and Argentine National Congress; the Chilean Senate, through the Future Challenges Commission, chaired by legislator Francisco Chahuán; and the Council of the Future, led by its executive director, Carola Muñoz, with the aim of taking science and knowledge to other places beyond national borders.
The president of the Future Challenges Commission, Senator Francisco Chahuán, underlined that “The Congress of the Future Argentina is taking its first steps thanks to the work done throughout the year with the Library of the National Congress which will allow us to hold the Congress of the Future in Argentina in three different provinces.
Likewise, the legislator stressed that “the progress of this collaborative work is the beginning of a path that will continue – throughout 2023 – in order to have a Future Binational Congress with specialists from Chile, Argentina and other parts of the world, as is the case with our version of the Congress of the future (…) It is a huge effort to ensure that the effects of science, technology, innovation and knowledge are decentralized and reach every corner of our countries, in this case Argentina”.
For the executive vice president of the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation (FEF), Guido Girardi, “Congreso Futuro represents a collaborative process of the broad national political spectrum, brings together public and private universities, with entrepreneurs, government institutions and altruists, represents a solution for a increasingly segregated society.
For Girardi, “internationalizing the largest knowledge dissemination event in Latin America aims to generate a center of thought involving all the nations of the region. We need to build a new institutionality and govern the world to come, and for this we need new spaces of thought beyond our borders. The challenge is meant to be a contribution to humanity,” she added.
During the presentation of the meeting in Argentina, the lieutenant governor of the province of Misiones, Carlos Arce, affirmed that “these meetings are useful (…) They have to do with thinking about the next generations and not about the elections and that it is what we have to do in public policies”.
“Our effort is not only, it goes to the well-being and health of our population and flora and fauna. I appreciate everyone’s commitment to continue working together on what we need to do so that these public policies benefit our entire community,” she added.
Mateo Niro, from the scientific liaison unit of the National Library of Congress (Argentina) referred to the theme he called to this meeting and underlined that “there is no possibility of thinking about the future if we do not think about water. “
Niro added that “the idea of this meeting is to demonstrate that if science, university and politics are of any use, it is so that the community and people can live better and better”.
It should be noted that Agua para Respirar is organized by the Government of the Province of Misiones through EPRAC and the Park of Knowledge, the Research and Scientific Liaison Unit of the National Library of Congress, the National University of Misiones and the Economic and Social Council of the nation. Also participating are the Ministry of Science of the trans-Andean country, the Water Authority and the Secretary of Media and Communication of Argentina, among other institutions.
The meeting was inaugurated today by semiologist and deep-sea swimmer María Inés Mato. The first block “Our daily water” was characterized by a presentation by the rector of UNAM, forest engineer Alicia Bohren; renowned water resources specialist Hugo Rohman and experts in water stress and benefits, respectively, Enrique Gandolla and Maximiliano Toresani. The first day of Agua para Respirar ended with the choreography Como agua entre los dedos by the Park’s folkloristic ballet.
This Friday December 2nd the activities will start at 9am. Block 2 will include presentations on water policies and plans by María Cecilia Sleiman, Undersecretary of Policy, MINCYT, Argentina; María Eugenia di Paola, coordinator of the UNDP Environment Programme; and José María Regueira, Director of Water and Sanitary Services of the National Government (Argentina).
The last block, scheduled for 11 in the morning, will concern scientific research and technological transfer for access to water, an occasion in which researchers from all over the country will present their developments with social impact. Likewise, the document “Science and technology for access to water and sanitation” produced by MINCYT and the Economic and Social Council of the Argentine Nation will be presented. There will also be participatory activities from ConectarLAB and the Misiones Library, and a field visit (15 hours) to the VETIVER system plant and Master Plan for drinking water in Posadas and Garupá.