Join HCSS strategic analyst Irina Patrahau at the UN 2023 Water Conference, where she will participate in the Pacific Institute’s session on “Water, War, and Peace”.
Water and energy systems are regularly targeted in the Russia-Ukraine war, Iraq, Africa, and elsewhere. Access to water has often been a catalyst for tensions and violence, and water itself has long been a target and tool of war. How are the links between water and security changing? In an increasingly water-stressed world, what essential strategies can reduce the risk of water-related violence and what are the paths to peace?
Join experts from the frontlines of global water security to learn about conflicts today — and the long history of “water wars” and water peacemaking — and how to anticipate and reduce future conflicts over water.
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Venue: The Taylor Room; Jay Conference Center; 515 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor, NYC and Online
This session draws from Pacific Institute’s longstanding work on water conflict, including the Institute’s Water Conflict Chronology, the most comprehensive, open-source database on water conflicts around the world.
- Peter H. Gleick, Pacific Institute
- Liz Saccoccia, World Resources Institute
- Irina Patrahau, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
- Moderator: Carl Ganter
The session will offer key insights into both the links between water and war and peace but also strategies for reducing the risks of water-related violence. Speakers will present background information on the long history of conflict over water and strategies for reducing the risks of such conflicts. Case study information will also be presented from recent events in Ukraine, Iraq, Africa, and elsewhere.
About the Pacific Institute
Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. Our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. From working with Fortune 500 companies to disenfranchised communities, we lead local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies and delivering meaningful results.