It is widely acknowledged that in order to ensure food security for a burgeoning global population, there is a need to usher in second Green Revolution in many developing countries. Under the new post-2015 sustainable development regime to be adopted shortly by the UN General Assembly, the second green revolution will have to follow a different trajectory of food production, avoiding the pitfalls of the first green revolution such as intensive use of chemicals and water in food production. The second green revolution will have to be based on frugal use of water and zero tolerance on environmental degradation. It will have to depend on higher per unit of water productivity, principles of better irrigation and drainage services, and appropriate harnessing of the new technologies.
With the above background, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 23rd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage to deliberate on the theme “Modernizing Irrigation and Drainage for a new Green Revolution”. The 23rd Congress together with the 68th International Executive Council (IEC) will be hosted by our Mexican National Committee MXCID from 8-14 October 2017 at Mexico City, Mexico.
MXCID, with their parent organization CONAGUA, have held many a successful water related events in the past, the most recent and impressive being the 4th World Water Forum in 2006. It is with this background, I anticipate an exceptionally well-organized and successful 23rd ICID Congress and 68th meeting of IEC in Mexico City in 2017.
Mexico has demonstrated a strong vision of water management for food production and environmental protection based on sound water management principles that have fuelled economic prosperity and overall national development. Mexico City is one of the world’s most important centers of archaeology and urban architecture, with 23 World Heritage sites designated by UNESCO. The International Exhibition & Convention Center at World Trade Center in Mexico City, the venue of our meetings, is one of the largest exhibition centers in the country.
I am sure that this is a great opportunity for all of us to not only participate in the Congress and IEC meetings, but also to visit and learn from the many models of irrigation and drainage success stories in Mexico. At this moment, I am reminded of the very successfully organized ICID’s 7th Congress and 20th IEC hosted by MXCID in April 1969. I can assure you that this time also, our colleagues in MXCID will succeed in scaling the benchmark set by them for international water fraternity, by organizing very successful 23rd ICID Congress rich in all respects -- technically, culturally, and socially.
Once again I extend a warm invitation to all of you to Mexico City and look forward to seeing you there.
Dr. Saeed Nairizi