Water Conference - Guatemala
Guatemala -The spirit of Water Conference Nov/Dec 2007
In late November/early December 2007, Rights and Humanity was invited to bring our expertise to the Fifth Forum on the Spirituality of the Indigenous Peoples of America - “The Spirit of the Water” with a keynote presentation on the right to water.
The conference was held on the shores of Lake Atitlán in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. It brought together the scientific, academic, and legal communities with the spiritual circles of Maya Elders and other indigenous peoples of the Americas.
The gathering strengthened the links between the scientific and ancestral wisdom of the Waters, and established a link between indigenous tradition and those who are responsible for creating environmental policy. Rights and Humanity’s participation ensured that the human rights dimension was integrated into the discussions and brought a multi-faith approach to the discussions around the spirit of water.
Rights and Humanity has been invited to take our Programme of Thought Leadership and Innovation to Guatemala and several participants at the Conference agreed to be involved.
The conference was co-sponsored by Tinamit Junan Uleu – Earth Peoples United, the Inter-American Council for Indigenous Spirituality, CISEI, and the Great Confederation of Main Councils “Ajq’ijab” from the Mayan community of Guatemala.