UPEACE Centre The Hague Lecuture Series

Peacebuilding in Progress

  • 03 Jul 2014
  • 17:00 - 19:00
  • Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, The Hague
  • UPEACE
Western Europe
The Hague, The Netherlands

On 3 July 2014, UPEACE Centre The Hague will organize the third lecture of the Lecture Series “Peacebuilding in Progress”. The lecture will be held by Prof András Szöllösi-Nagy, Rector of UNESCO-IHE, and is entitled “Water: A source of conflict or a potential peace builder?”

During the seminar the first copy of the Proceedings of the international conference “Water Security and Peace” of November 2013 will be handed over to Prof. Andras Szollosi-Nagy and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

If you wish to attend the lecture, please send an e-mail to "> before 1 July. The number of seats is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lecture Abstract

Fresh water is finite and universally sustains life as well as all aspects of human society. Its distribution, however, varies a great deal both in space and time, ignoring political boundaries and giving, therefore, rise to possible competition between uses and users. Increasingly felt global change phenomena, ranging from the impacts of population change, and derived changes, such as land use and migration, to those of climate variability, exacerbate the stress on world’s water resources. Increased industrialization, urbanization and agricultural needs, a growing world population and the need to adapt to climatic changes place high demands on the planet’s water resources — and therefore on our vital capacity to manage, govern and share water wisely.

In a world with 276 river basins shared by two or more countries, the management of water across political territories requires particular knowledge and skills to decrease the potential for conflicts and find mutually acceptable solutions through cooperation among the stakeholders of a limited but vital resource, water. The presentation will overview the current global perspective on shared water resources with an attempt to identify major likely future challenges along with an outline of potential opportunities for solutions in the context of transboundary watersheds and aquifers.

There is a growing consensus in international environmental politics that water is going to be one of the main, if not the main, issues of the 21st Century. Ever since the 1997 special session of the UN General Assembly freshwater is recognized as a global issue. Some even talk about a looming water crisis and that humanity is running out of water. Several regional case studies will be presented.

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