The 2020 Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace has been awarded to The Water, Peace and Security Partnership (WPS). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony has been postponed to 2021.
The Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace acknowledges contributions to sustainable development, natural resource management, environmental governance, and environmental conflict management from an ecological perspective.
WPS is a collaboration between the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a consortium of six partners: IHE Delft (lead partner), Deltares, World Resources Institute (WRI), Wetlands International, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), and International Alert. The Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership was founded in 2018 to advance the development of innovative tools and services that help identify and address water-related security risks. WPS recently released a Global Early Warning Tool that uses machine learning to predict where violent conflicts are likely to occur, with an 86% success rate. In December 2019, the tool found a major risk of water-related conflict in parts of Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Mali, India and Pakistan over the next 12 months. This tool provides global development, diplomacy, disaster response and defence experts to intervene and diffuse conflict.
By happy coincidence, Rotary International, one of our major fellowship donors, won the Luxembourg Peace Price, education category, in 2019. Among the 20 or so fellowships awarded each year from Rotary, a number of students from Central Asia win fellowships to pursue an MSc in Water Diplomacy and Cooperation.
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