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  • Jean Michel Jarre celebrates “Water for Life” in the Sahara

    19-12-2006 1:00 pm “Water for Life” was the theme UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean Michel Jarre chose for an exceptional concert among the sand dunes in Merzouga in Morocco on 16 December 2006, organized with the support of the Kingdom of Morocco and held under the auspices of UNESCO.Water-for-Life.jpg

    The Modern Arab Orchestra of Casablanca, the Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra and a number of eminent soloists joined Jean Michel Jarre on stage for this unique concert. It was also one of the highlights of the part of the UN Water for Life Decade (2005-2015) and marked the end of the United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification.

    Using his hallmark state-of-the-art visual and sound technology, the French musician stressed the importance of protecting and properly managing the planet’s limited freshwater resources and halting the advance of desertification: “We want this concert to be a wake up call. We want to make people more aware of just how precious water is and the critical need to look after what we have. If everybody understood just how little water the earth has, or how many people are going without it – and dying as a result – or how much of it is being wasted, we might be able to find better ways of managing and sharing it. The problem of desertification is intimately linked to this situation and also requires urgent action.” Jean Michel Jarre said.

    Desertification affects the lives of more than 250 million people and threatens another 1.2 billion people in 110 countries. An estimated 60 million of those affected in sub-Saharan Africa are expected to move towards northern Africa and Europe by 2020, according to the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

    About 6,000 spectators attended the spectacular concert in the Moroccan Sahara, which was also broadcast live across the region by Moroccan public television and to the rest of the world via the internet and on High Defi nition channels.

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    Photos (©Aero Productions): The “Water for Life” concert among the sand dunes in Merzouga in Morocco on 16 December 2006


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