VIDEO: Water crises as entry points for conflict resolution (webinar)
To mark this year’s World Water Day, the European Institute of Peace and the Berghof Foundation co-hosted an online event that focused on practical ways to use water crises as entry points for conflict resolution and motivate conflict parties to cooperate on shared environmental challenges.
The event brought together a range of prominent conflict resolution and climate security experts to share experiences dealing with water conflicts and managing water scarcity. During the debate, the panel also discussed the impact of geopolitical difficulties on water diplomacy and the role of environmental and water issues in peace negotiations, among other topics.
The lineup included Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation; Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Nada Majdalani, Director of Palestine Office at EcoPeace Middle East; Robert Mardini, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross; Alexander Rondos, EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa; Habiba Sarabi, Member of Afghan Peace Negotiation Team and former Deputy Chair of the Afghanistan High Peace Council; and Susanne Schmeier, Associate Professor in Water Law and Diplomacy at IHE Delft.
The discussion was moderated by the Institute’s Executive Director Michael Keating. The recording of the event can be watched below.