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No. 16 (391) March 2023


Water Diplomacy Symposium 2023: A Global Experience Exchange Organized on the side of the 2023 UN Water Conference

The Women in Water Diplomacy Network in partnership with the Environmental Law Institute, the Stockholm International Water Institute, the International Joint Commission, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the University of Arizona convened the Symposium on March 21. The objective of this event was to enable experience and good practice exchange amongst participating water diplomats.

Water diplomats from the Americas, Africa, and Asia, including indigenous water leaders, focused on critical themes of importance to transboundary basins globally, and fragile and conflict sensitive basins in particular. The participants exchanged on the tools of water diplomacy for all scales, effective consultation and community engagement in water diplomacy processes, managing for uncertainty in an era of climate change.

Director of SIC ICWC, D. Ziganshina spoke at the session on data exchange and decision support. In particular, she underlined the role that reliable and evidence-based information plays in transboundary water management.

Roundtable “Water Security and Hydro-diplomacy: Turning the Spotlight on Knowledge-Sharing, Accelerating Cooperative Action, and Role of Multilateral Forums”

The roundtable event was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Stimson Center on March 21.

One of the key ideas that was advocated during KAS-Stimson’s recent International Hydro-diplomacy conference in Brussels was that Track-II meetings and dialogues pave the way for an open and candid discussion between governments and other important stakeholders like civil society organizations on urgent challenges pertaining to shared natural resources like rivers. A critical element of track-II hydro-diplomacy would thus be to explore how we unearth politically charged issues and feed them into broader areas of global cooperation backed by multi-lateral forums.

The aim was to discuss such key ideas with a broader expert community and to allow for a candid discussion on the crucial theme of Water for Cooperation: Transboundary and International Water Cooperation, Cross-Sectoral Cooperation, including Scientific Cooperation, and Water Across the 2030 Agenda (SDG 6.5, 6.b and SDGs 16, 17).

Director of SIC ICWC, D. Ziganshina raised transboundary water cooperation aspects on example of Central Asia.