Water Diplomacy Talks - - Natasha Carmi, Geneva Water Hub

19 Dec 2019 by Staff - Water Diplomat
GENEVA, Switzerand

Natasha Carmi, Lead Water Advisor, Geneva Water Hub, speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) “Water Diplomacy Talks” video interview (LINK)

Two years ago, the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace, launched its report “A Matter of Survival”, that included a set of recommendations aimed at strengthening the global framework to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, to facilitate the use of water as an important factor in peace building and to enhance the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making. Among those recommendations was the establishment of the Global Observatory for Water and Peace (GOWP), an inclusive network that improves the limited capacity of international actors to act collectively and effectively at the political and diplomatic levels to fill the critical gaps of the global water architecture in its ability to contribute to meeting the 2030 Agenda and “leaving no one behind”. GOWP is a global platform, based in Geneva, made up of a network of regional and local implementing partners of existing well established, credible and neutral institutions committed to the agenda of peace, using water as a vehicle to achieve it.

In this video interview, Natasha Carmi describes the role of GOWP; how it differs from other mechanisms for water co-operation; GOWP as a platform, a framework and a network; GOWP and “International Geneva” as a “safe space” for pre-negotiations of project development and implementation issues; how GOWP engages and partners with with existing regional entities and partnerships; next steps and benchmarks for the Observatory.

Further readingThe Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace report “A Matter of Survival”