On 14-15 November 2013, the Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC) organized a high level international working conference on Water Security and Peace.
The conference presented and discussed the role of negotiation, mediation and conciliation in evidence-based cases of water diplomacy. Experts shared perspectives and solutions focused on:
- creating a better understanding water diplomacy capabilities, particularly among water resource specialists and diplomats
- initiating an international hub of experts to better resolve water related conflicts
- formulating an agenda on water diplomacy capability development
Participants included relevant water experts, water diplomats and policy makers as well as political leaders in dealing with water-related disputes, from different levels and different organizations (governments, international organizations, NGOs), and leading scientists from various disciplines.
Al Jazeera’s program, Inside Story, covered the conferece and asked, “why the source of life has become a source of tension.” Watch the program below:
- Conference Agenda [PDF]
- Speaker Bios [PDF]
- Press Release: Facing 21st Century Challenges on Water Security and Peace
- Water Diplomacy Consortium Brochure
The WDC is a joint partnership with The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, UPEACE Centre The Hague, and the Water Governance Centre. It is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
Check back for more updates, including an outcomes and recommendations brief articulating conclusions from the conference.