Prince Naruhito Visits Mexico- March 15, 2006-March 21, 2006
Japan's crown prince to visit Mexico without princess
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito will visit Mexico in March without his wife Crown Princess Masako, who has long suffered from stress.
The crown prince will attend the fourth World Water Forum from March 16-22 in Mexico City, his third visit to the country since 1992, an official of the Imperial Household Agency said.
Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, was honorary president of the third World Water Forum held in 2003 in Japan............... http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060119...l_060119145904
Brief schedule of Prince Naruhito's visit to Mexico released by the Imperial Household Agency
15th: Leave Tokyo and arrive at Mexico
16th: attend the fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City
17th: same as above
18th: Arrive at the city of Merida
19th: Leave Merida, Mexico and arrive in Vancouver, Canada for a brief stop
20th: Leave Vancouver
21st: Arrive in Tokyo
Japan's four-year-old Princess Aiko, center, accompanied by her mother Crown Princess Masako, bids farewell to her father Crown Prince Naruhito before his departure at their residence Togu Palace in Tokyo for a weeklong visit to Mexico Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Naruhito will attend an international water summit and meet Mexican President Vincente Fox during his visit.
More than 300 Japanese to attend world water confab in Mexico
..............Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, who served as honorary president of the previous water forum in Japan in 2003, is expected to deliver a keynote speech on the second day of the one-week event for discussions on how to better manage water resources............... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060315/kyodo/d8gbp59o6.html
Japan's princess pleases public
...........and her family put on a united front as they met the media outside their home in Tokyo..........The princess, who wore a cream suit, held her daughter's hand as the snappers captured the moment. Her husband had previously given assurances that she was continuing to make progress in her recuperation...................... http://people.monstersandcritics.com...pleases_public
Crown Prince Naruhito departs for Mexico to attend international water meeting
............Crown Prince Naruhito, who had postgraduate studies on the history of water canals at Oxford University's Merton College in 1983-1985, is to deliver a keynote speech at the Fourth World Water Forum opening Thursday in Mexico City..................... http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na019000c.html
Photos from Profimedia
Below photos: Japan's prince Naruhito during the opening ceremony of the Water World Forum 16 March, 2006 in Mexico City. The World Water Forum opened in Mexico City Thursday with a dire warning to urgently improve global water management to ensure there is enough for everyone. According to the World Water Council, 20 to 30 billion dollars (euros) per year are needed to attain the UN goal of halving by 2015 the number of people who do not have access either to potable water or to proper sanitation.
Below four from Reuters
Below 2 from AP
Japan's crown prince delivers message at world water confab in Mexico
..........Speaking in English he said he is pleased to see that since the previous forum held in Japan, "many serious global activities have taken place in various regions of the world,".........The crown prince, however, said "little progress has been made despite continuous efforts by many people of the world," especially on the water supply and sanitation issue included Millennium Development Goals proposed by the United Nations, and expressed his "sincere hope" that this World Water Forum will make a big step towards the solution of water problems................ http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060317/kyodo/d8gd0bh89.html
#1-3: (Photos from Profimedia) Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito visits the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City 16 March 2006.
#4: (AP) Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, visits the Canals at Xochimilco, a zone popular with tourists in Mexico City, Mexico, the site of the Fourth World Water Forum on Thursday March 16, 2006.
#5: FNN news video- http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/c...1&media=wm300k
#6: Polfoto-Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, at Xochimilco, a zone popular with tourists in Mexico City, Mexico, the site of the Fourth World Water Forum on Thursday, March 16, 2006.
Address by His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan
on the Opening Ceremony of the Fourth World Water Forum
on March 16, 2006, in Mexico City
His Royal Highness,
Co-chairs of the International Organizing Committee,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to attend the Fourth World Water Forum here in Mexico City, together with so many participants from nations all over the world.
I participated, as Honorary President, in the Third World Water Forum, held in Japan three years ago. The Third Forum was attended not only by representatives of states and international organizations but also by many people including representatives of non governmental organizations, all of whom joined in the discussions on water issues. I feel that the Third Forum contributed greatly to producing many concrete commitments and to enhancing the awareness of world water issues. I myself was able to deepen my understanding of various water problems that the world faces.
I am pleased to see that, since then, many serious global activities have taken place in various regions of the world, including the establishment of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and the launching of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015. In addition, we see developments, in Africa, with the strengthened activities of the African Ministers' Conference on Water and, in the Asian and Pacific region, with a new movement towards the creation of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum.
Unfortunately, however, little progress has been made, despite continuous efforts by many people of the world towards dealing with water supply and sanitation issues included in the Millennium Development Goals. It is also of utmost urgency and importance that measures be taken to cope with an increasing number of water-related disasters, such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami and major hurricanes and typhoons, resulting in so much serious damage to so many people.
The main theme of the Fourth World Water Forum is "Local Action for a Global Challenge". The Forum reinforces the actions for commitments started at the Third World Water Forum. I welcome this trend and hope that it will lead to the improvement of water-related issues in all regions of the world.
From early history, this region of Mexico has enjoyed the prosperity of very advanced civilizations such as the Maya. I have been informed that, today, here in the United Mexican States, the central and local governments are cooperating to overcome the water problems that are different in the northern and the southern parts of the country.
At the 2005 World Exposition, held in Aichi, Japan, last year, the pavilion of the United Mexican States successfully exhibited the relationship of water, nature and civilization. It was recognized with the Nature's Wisdom Award by the panel of judges at the Exposition. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the government and the people of Mexico in this respect. Finally, I wish to express my sincere hope that this World Water Forum, held at the invitation of the government of the United Mexican States, will mark a big step towards the solution of water problems that the world continues to face. From Kunaicho website
Japan's prince Naruhito delivers a speech during the Magisterial Conference on water at the the IV World Water Forum 17 March, 2006 in Mexico City. The Forum, to be held until March 22, gathers international agencies, government officials, scientists and public organizations to raise awareness about water resource issues around the world.
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Japan's crown prince makes keynote speech at World Water Forum
................It was the first keynote speech at an international conference abroad for the crown prince. In his speech titled "Edo and Water Transportation," he explained the role of water transportation as well as water supply for the development of Edo, which is now Tokyo............."Water management is a major challenge today," and the solution has to be along the history and tradition of the region because "that is the best way to find the solution," the crown prince said........... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060317/kyodo/d8gdi28o0.html
Keynote Speech by Prince Naruhito of Japan (from IISD.ca)
Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan gave a keynote address on Edo (currently Tokyo) and water transport, drawing parallels between water infrastructure development in England and Japan and how these contributed to the Industrial Revolution in the case of England and to the growth of Edo since the 17th Century. He outlined the development of water engineering solutions and their use in modern water infrastructure.
On the history of water management in Edo, he highlighted several water management and infrastructure projects, including an eastward diversion of the Tone River from Tokyo Bay into the Pacific Ocean, land reclamation through drainage, and Japan's oldest Minuma-dai irrigation canal.
In closing, he noted the special relationship between people and water that has contributed to the creation of present-day Tokyo, and encouraged participants to draw inspiration from pioneering water management solutions throughout history as well as from local knowledge.
Crown Prince Naruhito visits Maya ruins
.............Donning a straw hat to fend off near 40 C temperatures, he climbed to the top of the House of the Magician, a 32-meter-high pyramid the Mayans built for rain-making rituals................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060319/kyodo/d8gee74o0.html