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.