Beyond Water Conflicts: Pre-launching of UNESCO C.II Centre

The riparian states have increasingly signed the international treaties to share or manage transboundary waters. Unlike the “water conflict” dominance in the media coverage on transboundary waters, the empirical evidence suggests that “water cooperation” has been prevailing over the conflicts. Signing of agreements might be easy, but a challenge is how to keep the agreement working, particularly facing the global water scarcity. Thus, the focus must shift towards construct sustainable, long-lasting and progressive agreements on transboundary waters.

The Swedish Government has proposed a new UNESCO Category II Centre on Water Cooperation to address these challenges. The proposed centre will address new and emerging challenges to water cooperation and identify and promote tools to address them, for the benefit of peace and cooperation. The Centre will address water cooperation in its broadest sense with a primary focus on water for peace and regional development. The Centre’s work will be closely linked to UNESCO International Hydrology Programme and World Water Assessment Programme.

17:45    Welcome Remarks and Opening Note: Sweden’s Support to UNESCO and Scientific Research on Water. Ms Amelie von Zweigbergk, Sweden candidate for the UNESCO Executive Board

17:55    UNESCO IHP and Category 2 Centres. Dr. Blanca Jimenez Cisneros, UNESCO

18:05    Academic Research on Water. Prof. Anders Malmberg, Uppsala University

18:15    Water and Interdisciplinary Research in Academia. Gothenburg University (TBA)

18:25    Transboundary Water Cooperation, Challenges and Opportunities. Dr. Anders Jagerskog, SIWI

18:35    Question & Answers

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