Title: Water Projects Called Key to Peace
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Title: Water Projects Called Key to Peace
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Language: English
Publisher: Times
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Water Projects Called Key to Peace, 10/4/1991
General Note: Box 10, Folder 26 ( SF WMD Quarterly Meetings VOL III - 1979-1991 ), Item 2
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Water

projects

called key

to peace

* Former Atlanta mayor
and U.N. Ambassador
Andrew Young presents a
world view to a gathering
of water managers.


By SUE LANDRY
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TAMPA The unrest and
instability in the Middle East and
South Africa will never be eased
until those countries obtain an ade-
quate supply of fresh, clean water,
former U.N. Ambassador Andrew
Young told Florida water manag-
ers Thursday night.
Just as water played a
role in the civil rights
movement in the United
States, water can help
bring peace to other
parts of the world, said
Young, who is working on
major water projects in
South Africa through his
position as president and
chief executive officer of
Law International, an en- Andrew
gineering firm. now wo
Young, former mayor water p
of Atlanta and former in Sout
congressman who start- as hea
ed his public career as an engine
aide to Dr. Martin Luther firm.
King Jr., spoke at the
16th annual gathering of Florida
water managers.
Drawing on his own experi-
ences growing up along the Missis-
sippi River, Young talked about
how the Tennessee Valley Author-
ity's (TVA) extensive water proj-
ects played a crucial role in the
civil rights movement.
"It was because black people
began to get a better standard of
living that they began to find ways


to struggle for more freedom,"
Young said.
Now, residents of the United
States take it for granted that ev-
ery time the tap is turned, water
will come out.
But in many parts of the world,
getting a bucket of water still
means a long walk to the pump.
And many of the world's wars have
been battles over basic resources,
Young said.
In the Middle East, "there can
be no political settlement ... un-
less somebody does something to
manage and develop the water re-
sources," Young said. "If that land
could be made to flourish like the
TVA made the Southeast flourish,
then it would be possible to have
peace."
In fact, he said, world leaders
are talking about a "peace pipe-
line" that would pipe water from
the mountains of Turkey through
Iraq and into the arid Middle East
countries, he said.
In Africa, 40 diseases could be
cured if better supplies of fresh,
clean water .were available, Young
told the audience. His
firm is working on a proj-
ect that Young thinks will
help bring peace to South
Africa. New dams and
pipelines *il make tradi-
tional black homelands
more livable, alleviating
the need for black and
S white people to fight over
water.
Young Such innovative
irks on thinking holds a lesson
rejects for Florida and Georgia,
h Africa which have been em-
I of an broiled in disputes over
ring shared water resources,
Young said. The answers
lie in technology and a
better understanding of the impor-
tance of protecting water re-
sources, he said.
"If it was possible 50 years
ago, then almost anything we can
conceive of together is possible
today," Young said.
"We've got so much water that
we don't really understand what a
precious commodity this is on the
face of this earth."


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