Seminars on Track-II Water Diplomacy in The Hague: Water as a Permanent Status Issue in the Israeli – Palestinian Negotiations

As a follow-up to an earlier seminar held on 1 and 2 May, 2014, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Geneva Initiative jointly organized a second seminar on 27-28 November, 2014 in The Hague. The objective of this second seminar was to further develop the operationalization of the Geneva Initiative Water Annex (2009), building on the results of the first seminar.

These seminars are part of a series of meetings taking place in Israel, Palestine, and the Netherlands in order to further a project to review the existing Geneva Initiative Water Annex (2009) and to develop a supplementary paper to address outstanding issues not included in the Annex. This event is a civil society initiative and is not related to any formal negotiation within the context of the Middle East Peace Process.

The seminars, which were held under the Chatham House Rule and facilitated by The Hague Institute staff, aimed to enable an open and frank exchange of ideas between participants from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the Netherlands. The key purpose was to provide an opportunity for the Geneva Initiative to meet Dutch experts in closed informal setting and to learn about other approaches to transboundary water management.

Issues discussed include:

  • Lessons learned from previous water agreements, the Oslo Accords and the Geneva Accord;
  • Existing transboundary cooperation and possible future cooperation in this field;
  • The water problem within the local, regional, and international context;
  • The impact of “mega projects”, mainly desalination projects;
  • Cooperation in transboundary wastewater and potential non-conventional water resources;
  • Future uncertainties such as the impact of climate change on water resources.

The seminars are financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Representative Office in Palestinian Territories, and The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Please note that the seminar is closed to journalists and its outcome has not been be publicly disseminated.

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