U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host the Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C. on 15 and 16 September. The conference aims to address key ocean-related issues facing our planet: marine pollution, sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas and climate-related impact on the oceans.
The work of The Hague Institute on the governance of oceans, climate change and sustainable water use complements the agenda of this important conference. In March 2016, the Institute organized a high-level conference on oceans governance, convening a group of practitioners, experts and scientists from diverse backgrounds to develop innovative solutions to the challenges our oceans face.
This Spotlight page highlights the publications, events and commentaries the Institute has produced on oceans governance, climate change and water diplomacy.
NEWS AND COMMENTARY
- Using Water as Leverage in Deadlocked Middle East Peace Process | 8 September 2016
Dr. Patrick Huntjens examines how water can play a part in opening up peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
- Water Diplomacy: An Approach to Prevent and Resolve Conflict | 2 September 2016
Patrick Huntjens presents the work of The Hague Institute on an innovative framework for multi-track water diplomacy at World Water Week 2016.
- G20: Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance| 30 August 2016
Abi Williams published a commentary in the G20 China 2016 Magazine on the need to develop comprehensive, global solutions to respond to the complex crises the world faces today. (Page 78)
- Health Oceans, Healthy Small-Island States | 8 June 2016
In this commentary, Ting Zhang argues that healthy oceans are critical to building sustainable “blue economies”, particularly for Small Island States.
- African Women and International Climate Negotiations| 15 July 2016
Manuella Appiah calls for greater involvement of women in international climate negotiations, with the goal of achieving UN SDGs 5 and 13.
- A Handbook on Water Security | 1 June 2016
Patrick Huntjens outlines key governance issues for climate adaptation and water security in the Mekong Basin.
- Climate Change and Climate Change Reporting: The Double Burden for Small Island Developing States | 19 May 2016
Ting Zhang details the compounded issues facing Small Island Developing States as a result of climate change.
- A Sea of Debris: Oceans Governance and the Challenges of Plastic Pollution | 21 April 2016
Joris Larik and Eirin Sundy highlight the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans and the need for effective global governance to counter this worrying and dangerous trend.
- Integrating Oceans Governance into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development| 30 March 2016
Joris Larik and Monica Sanchez Groeneweg argue for an integrated approach to oceans governance that encourages synergies between institutions, governance regimes and development policies.
- Oceans Governance and International Law of the Sea: Closing the Gaps| 29 March 2016
Joris Larik and Laurie Morgan explore the gaps in the international law of the sea regime and how this affects food and employment resources relying on oceans.
- Connecting Climate Action to Human Rights | 11 December 2015
Manuella Appiah argues for the need to link climate negotiations to human rights standards, particularly for those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
- Making the Business Case for Climate Adaptation at the Community Level | 20 August 2015
Ting Zhang calls for communities to adapt to climate change by highlighting the advantages for commerce.
- Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance | 16 June 2015
Humanity today faces a growing range of global problems that require urgent attention. The independent Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance published a report that provides targeted reforms that transcend national borders, and reach out to diverse stakeholders, including business groups, mayors, civil society, and local communities and cities.
- Climate Justice: Equitable and Inclusive Governance of Climate Action | 13 April 2016
This paper explores potential pathways for reform to make multi-level climate governance more fit for purpose.
- Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier for Human Disaster and Conflict | 15 May 2016
In this paper, the authors address two broad categories of security: states security (national and international) and human security.
- Adaptive Delta Governance: Learning from Dynamic Deltas | 1 May 2015
This policy brief reflects on key lessons learned and the way forward in three deltas: the RhineMeuse Delta in the Netherlands, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta in the United States.
- Geopolitics and Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean | 9 August 2014
This policy brief provides an overview of the main aspects that future EU policy planning on maritime security in the Indian Ocean must address.
- Climate Security and Justice for Small Island Developing States | 4 March 2014
The policy brief reviews the challenges SIDS face because of climate change and means they can use to advance their cause.
- China-Japan Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands | 8 December 2012
This policy brief discusses the territorial dispute between China, Taiwan and Japan, addressing the historical, geographical and resource considerations behind the dispute.
- Global Oceans Governance Conference | 31 March – 1 April 2016
On March 31 and April 1, 2016, The Hague Institute organized a two-day conference on Global Oceans Governance. The conference featured four thematic panels addressing issues of maritime ecology in the age of climate change, the maritime dimension of sustainable development under the UN’s 2030 Agenda, threats to maritime security in the form of pirates and other criminal activity, and holistic approaches to maritime security and governance.
- Roundtable on the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations | 10 July 2015
The Hague Institute hosted a public event on the Oslo Principles, which set out states’ legal obligations to mitigate climate change.
- Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work | 16 March 2016
The Hague Institute and the European Commission Joint Research Centre organized a seminar on improving cooperation on water issues.
- Practitioner Workshop: Addressing Conflict between Historical Responsibility and Future-oriented Climate Action | 21 September 2015
This workshop sought to explore ways of managing the tension between historical responsibility and future-oriented climate action.
- The Road to Lima: Climate Governance, Adaptation and Technological Responses | 6 November 2014
This policy roundtable brought experts together to propose solutions to mitigate and prevent the impact of climate change across the globe.
- Water Diplomacy: Harnessing Foreign Policy for Conflict Prevention and Regional Integration | 3 September 2014
The Hague Institute held a workshop as part of World Water Week to discuss how to use water diplomacy as a conflict prevention tool.
- International Conference: Water Security and Peace | 14 November 2013
The Water Diplomacy Consortium organized a high-level international working conference on Water Security and Peace.
- Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance
The Hague Institute and the Stimson Center conceptualized a project built around a Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance to understand and address common global threats and challenges that require collaborative action at various levels.
- Global Governance Reform Initiative
The Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI), a collaboration between The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), seeks to analyze the deficiencies of the current international system and proposes policies for improving global governance in select domains: cyber, oceans and migration.
- Climate Governance and Green Technology
This project aims at addressing issues pertaining to global climate governance, including the review of the UNFCCC process and related multi-stakeholder processes, that are relevant for the broader context of climate justice. The relationship between climate justice and innovative technology is also a focus of the research under this project.
- Governance of Climate Adaptation in Small Island Developing States
The aim of this project is to contribute to sustainable economic development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) through developing effective governance arrangements in a participatory process. The central tenet is to build adaptive capacity at multiple levels and to ensure social justice and human security in local climate action.
- Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative
Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is a multi-stakeholder dialogue process which aims to promote better understanding and efficient management of natural resources in Bangladesh and India.
- Framework for Political Economy Analysis of Transboundary Basins in Africa
This project is part of the World Bank managed Multi-Donor Trust Fund Cooperation in International Waters (CIWA), with 50 million USD for direct beneficiaries of projects influenced by CIWA and 10 billion USD investment financing for implementation of projects influenced by CIWA
- Integrated Transboundary Master Plan for the Lower Jordan River Basin
Building on the framework of three important elements — access, security and sustainability — this Transboundary Master Plan for the Lower Jordan River Basin seeks to integrate the disparate water management plans of Jordan, Israel and Palestine in an effort to produce a healthy ecosystem, distribute water fairly and provide open public access to the river.
- Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Program on Water (PADUCO)
Water scarcity is a major problem in the West Bank and, even more so, in the Gaza strip. The water resources are under increasing stress due to a combination of factors, such as increasing demand, economic development, population growth, climate change, and water pollution from untreated waste water. The water sector should therefore be well adapted to the challenges ahead.
- Water Conflicts in Yemen
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab region and is faced with political instability. An acute water crisis looms over the country, as Yemenis are amongst those populations with the lowest water availability per capita in the world. Despite research and aid work in Yemen in recent years, significant knowledge gaps remain, especially concerning the use of national and local rules and procedures for solving water-related conflicts. This project aims to better understand the political economy of Yemeni water management as a precondition for effective conflict prevention and resolution.
- Water Diplomacy Consortium
Water management and the fair distribution of water is an issue of growing importance on the international agenda. Building on the internationally renowned Dutch expertise in water technology, water governance, conflict resolution, and legal systems, The Hague Institute for Global Justice has joined forces with the Netherlands Institute for International Relations “Clingendael,” Water Governance Centre, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, and UPEACE Center The Hague to form a Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC). The consortium aspires to become a knowledge hub for water diplomacy, governance and law, and to contribute to conflict prevention and conflict resolution in relation to water management across and within national borders.
- Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work
The aim of this project is to identify and operationalize the key factors that contribute to the transformation of water conflicts into cooperation over water.