During November's Geneva Peace Week, the International Secretariat for Water/ Solidarity for Water (ISE-SIW-ISA) organized a multi-faceted “Intergenerational Dialogue on Water and Peace”. Over 70 participated in the event at the Palace of Nations in Geneva with the overarching objective to discuss water as a vector of dialogue and cooperation.
The intergenerational dialogue covered three topic areas, bringing together water “experts” in conversation with young water professionals.
- “Local and inclusive water management practices for conflict prevention” was a discussion between Amrita Gautam (Nepal) and François Muenger, director of the Geneva Water Hub on the importance of integrating youth and women in water resources management. There is no disagreement that this collaboration is essential to the establishment of sustainable solutions.
- Elodie Feijoo Seara (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva and member of the World Youth Parliament for Water) and Ronald Jaubert, professor at IHEID discussed “Water in contemporary warfare from a civilian’s perspective”. This session examined the role of water access in modern warfare and the impact on civilians of the weaponization of water.
- “Fostering Transboundary Water Cooperation” brought Imad Antoine Ibrahim and Mara Tignino (Geneva Water Hub and professor in International Water Law, University of Geneva) together to explore the issues pertinent to water-related international law and the role of technology in water governance.
As part of proceedings, ISE-SIW-ISA Director Sarah Dousse presented this year’s winner of the contest “Imagine Blue Peace”. Created in cooperation with the Geneva Water Hub, this award aims to attract fresh and innovative ideas from youth participants on the role of water as a tool of peace.
SIE-SIW-ISA received more than 130 submissions from around the world in a number of creative formats: poems, dances, videos. The project “Water and Peace 2.0 Youth Outlook, 2019”, a video produced by Nataliya Chemayeva of Turkmenistan, was chosen for the collaborative spirit of Central Asian youth and its positive message in a context where water is a source of tension.
This year’s winner can be watched by following this link.
To learn more about Blue Peace: https://www.thebluepeace.org/