The Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) Global Program Water (GPW) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have partnered to develop a Blue Peace Index and a supporting research program to promote the idea of the global "Blue Peace" movement. As a benchmarking index, the Blue Peace Index is the first to measure the complexity of sustainable management of shared water resources and promotion of transboundary cooperation.
The pilot version of the index is set for release in the summer of 2019 and will feature five transboundary basins from five continents and will provide information about the water cooperation performance of 24 countries. Over the next five years, bi-annual updates and expansions of additional basins to track progress and impact of the Blue Peace movement are planned. The index will assess what countries and basins are doing to manage water sustainably and equitably and will combine institutional, regulatory, socio-economical, environmental, financial, and security metrics. It will offer policy makers, international experts and the broader public a comprehensive view of global transboundary water resources management as well as insights into key best practices.
The Index is aimed at policy makers, practitioners and international organizations and, importantly, provides a global platform for what can be done to improve the use of transboundary water as a tool to promote peace.
Blue Peace Index’s methodology is rigorous and independent and leverages the experience and intellect of a diversity of experts and advisers and regional practitioners.
Supporters of the Blue Peace Index would be able to position themselves as a global thought leader on this emerging global issue and make a position contribution to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals that would compliment current CSR initiatives.
Alongside the Blue Peace Index, a series of case studies and thematic reports will be developed to encourage continued engagement with the index and to provide targeted action points and recommendations for policy makers, executives and investors.
In related news, as reported by OOSKAnews in February, a collaboration under the banner of the Blue Peace Movement, and in consultation with SDC, Geneva Water Hub and the United Nations Capital Development Fund among others, proposed a new approach to financing transboundary and multisector water projects.
The Blue Peace movement is a growing global movement to create a peace culture and to foster economic prosperity, resilience building, trust and stability, by sharing the common interests of preserving the precious resources of fresh water and achieving equitable and sustainable use of water across boundaries, sectors and generations. The Movement arises from the recommendations of the Global High-Level Panel for Water and Peace in its assessment, “A Matter of Survival” (2017).