On 22-24 March 2023, the Netherlands will co-host the second UN global water summit in New York. Experts agree that the event, the first of its kind since 1977, will be a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to catalyse action and build partnerships to achieve international water goals. This comes no moment too soon.
Every day, the headlines make it clear: A rapidly changing climate, economic policies and shifting demographics and consumption patterns mean the future of water resource management will not reflect the past. This is already impacting local and global security.
Water is essential to achieve the sustainable development goals. It integrates social, political, economic and cultural values. Without tackling water insecurity and making water investment conflict sensitive, we cannot address the myriad challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities.
On December 6, the Wilson Center will launch a series of events focused on the centrality of water to global prosperity and security. Featuring emerging research, leading thinkers and doers from governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia, the series will explore entry points for more effective responses to global water insecurity from around the world and across sectors.
To kick off the series, the Wilson Center is partnering with the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership to feature transdisciplinary approaches to preventing water-related security risks. As climate change compounds insecurity in new and dynamic ways, the tools we use to prevent and respond to insecurity must also evolve.
Join the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership on December 6th for a high-level event featuring transdisciplinary approaches to preventing and mitigating water-related security risks. The event will bring together experts and representatives from the Diplomacy, Development, Defence and Disaster Management communities on both sides of the Atlantic and explores the potential of the Water Peace and Security approach in supporting conflict sensitive adaptation-based projects and programs.