Water for peace and security

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Panel Discussion

Water for peace and security

5 September, 9.30 – 11.00, Hotel Golf, Libertas Hall

The uneven distribution of freshwater in the world, its vital importance for life and development, as well as factors such as population growth, urbanisation, and climate change, all determine the relationship between water and peace, as well as increase its relevance. Some states have already demonstrated their commitment to preserving this vital natural resource for future generations; nevertheless, global awareness of the importance of the nexus between water and peace still lags behind current pressing trends.

The protection of water in armed conflict, the mechanisms of hydro-diplomacy, and the role of water as an instrument in reconstruction and reconciliation processes in post-conflict situations have not been extensively explored. International institutions lack effective instruments to prevent water-related armed conflict and to use water-related mechanisms for maintaining sustainable peace.

The success of international initiatives will depend on continued and comprehensive awareness of the urgent need to address the challenges that water poses for peace and security. Furthermore, commitment and progress in dealing with security-related questions regarding water scarcity will also help address other water challenges, including the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • H.E. Mr Kabiné Komara, Former Prime Minister and International Consultant at Invesco, Guinea
  • H.E. Mr Kairat Sarybay, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna, Austria
  • Dr Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Amb. Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director General and Head of the Global Cooperation Department at Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland
  • Prof Aaron Wolf, Professor and Department Chair of Geosciences at Oregon State University, United States of America

Moderator: Dr Sundeep Waslekar, President of the Strategic Foresight Group, India

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