Geneva Water Hub - Launch of Global High Level Panel

On the 16 November, the Geneva Water Hub launched the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace. The high level panel has the task to develop “a set of proposal aimed at strengthening the global architecture to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, and facilitate the use of water as an important factor of building peace”. It will also enhance the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making. You can read more about the structure and modalities of the panel on the website of the Geneva Water Hub or in the media release of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

In his keynote statement, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the (FDFA) recalled the recently adopted lines of action on water and security of the department. These “lines of action make the case for a comprehensive approach when addressing the nexus of water and security. Rendering water an effective source of cooperation and security requires a broad range of tools, from development cooperation and humanitarian aid instruments to peace promotion and international law”, said Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter.

In the interludes of the ceremony, the first part of the “symphony for water and peace” was created my Mich Gerber. The symphony will be completed progressively by musician from around the world and be achieved at the presentation of the results of the High-Level Panel.

 

General Assembly of the World Water Council

The Swiss Water Partnership (Co-Chair & Secretariat) was represented at the triennial general assembly of the World Water Council (WWC). The Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) is a member of the WWC since 2015. This general assembly gathered over 250 persons from more than 40 countries.

The major tasks of the general assembly are to elect the board of governors for the next three years and approve the 3-years strategy. Even though both the election process and results were disappointing, the meeting was a great opportunity to further develop contacts and ideas with other national partnerships and international organizations.

The SWP secretariat will closely follow up the preparations of the next World Water Forum in 2018 and inform its members accordingly. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH) – both SWP members – are also members of the WWC. SWP, SDC and GIWEH will continue to advocate for a stronger participation of Southern representatives in the Council.