Dr Danilo Turk, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel for Water and Peace (GHPLP) speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) “Water Diplomacy Talks” audio interview.
The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace was launched in 2015 with the task of developing a set of proposals aimed at strengthening the global framework to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, facilitating the use of water as an important factor of building peace and enhancing the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making. In 2017 the Panel published its Report “A Matter of Survival”.
In this “Water Diplomacy Talks” interview, Danilo Turk, who served as President of the Republic of Slovenia 2007-12, discusses current levels of international co-operation around the intersects of water, human conflict and peace; current and recent examples of water-related conflict; engagement by international institutions and mainstream media with water / peace challenges and opportunities; the United Nations International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” (2018 -28).
“We are all Water Diplomats”
Turk urges co-ordinated “hydrodiplomacy” including a UN Water Conference next decade, which would be the organizations first since 1977’s event in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
Turk is a professor of international law, human rights expert who, prior to his Presidency of Slovenia, was the first Slovene ambassador to the United Nations, from 1992 to 2000, and UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs from 2000 to 2005.