Past January 27th, WCCE Founding President José Medem Sanjuan passed away in Madrid, Spain. A visionary and a leader for a better world, and with the highest professional standards of the engineering profession, not only in Spain but throughout the world is his legacy. He was a teacher, mentor, professor, but mostly a friend, impacting and making a difference whether he became involved. Past President of the European Council of Civil Engineers ECCE, Past President of the European Federation of National Engineering Organizations FEANI, Past President of the World Federation of Engineering organizations WFEO, and Founding President of his last great project, the World Council of Civil Engineers, among the multiple professional organizations in which he was involved. A distinguished member of the PanAmerican Academy of Engineers since its foundation. He leaves us with a great legacy and path for all of us to follow.
We raise our prayers for his widow, Frida, and his sons, daughters and grandchildren for the irreparable loss. A Funeral Mass will be held at 8:00 PM in Madrid, next Wednesday 4th February at Nuestra Señora de la Moraleja Church, Calle Nardo, 44, 28109 Alcobendas, Madrid.
The opening of Suez Canal in 1869, provided the shortest ocean link from Britain to the Far East by making the long journey around the Cape of Good Hope unnecessary.It took approximately 120 days to travel from Europe to Singapore (back and forth), and the initial route had to pass the Cape of Good Hope which is located at the south end of the African continent. The journey was unsafe as the weather there were always unfavorable.
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Ministers from OECD’s 34 member countries welcomed the OECD Principles on Water Governance, which set standards for moreeffective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies, and encouraged governments to put them into action.
The 12 Water Governance Principles provide a framework for governments to put in place better water policies and they will be used to develop a broader OECD perspective on water management over the coming years.
The Principles were developed using a multi-stakeholder approach and were endorsed by a large number of public, private and non-profit organisations at the 7th World Water Forum in April in Korea through the Daegu Declaration.
Next steps will include identifying and scaling up best practices and developing water governance indicators to support the implementation of the Principles.
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