Stockholm International Water Institute / IHE Delft / The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia

Leveraging informal water diplomacy in high level processes

Sunday 26 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall
SIWI/Shared Waters Partnership

Informal water diplomacy initiatives can contribute to fostering an enabling environment for official processes by creating communities of concerned constituents able to effectively influence government actors. Yet, many informal water diplomacy efforts are challenged to establish and maintain linkages to official high-level water dialogues.

This event will feature a keynote address, case studies and reflections presented by representatives from informal and formal water diplomacy processes supported by SIWI’s Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) Programme including H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi, Minister of Water Resources, Republic of Iraq (tbc), representative from the IHE Delft and SIWI's SWP Media Trainings in the Nile Basin, and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia’s (CAREC) Small Basin Programme. Each case study will present synthesized best practices and lessons learned for how to effectively and sustainably leverage results such as knowledge products, trust built, innovative solutions, and identified shared benefits achieved through informal processes to influence formal decision-making forum.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

16:00-16:15 Introduction to the Session |

Dr Martina Klimes, Advisor, Water and Peace, SIWI and

Elizabeth Yaari, Senior Programme Manager, SIWI

16:15-16:25 Key Note Address |

H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi, Minister of Water Resources, Republic of Iraq

16:25-16:30 Case Studies Introduction |

Facilitated by Kerry Schneider, Shared Waters Partnership Programme Manager, SIWI

16:30-16:40 Case Study 1 |

Ayah Aman , Journalist (Egypt) and Solomon Goshu Shiferaw, Journalist (Ethiopia) 

16:40-16:50 Case Study 2 |

Anna Inozemtceva, Regional Environment Center Central Asia (CAREC) Small Basin Programme

16:50-17:00 Case Study 3 | 

Zaid Al-Anssari, Deputy Chief Engineer, Head of Statistics Division, Planning and Follow up Department, Ministry of Water Resources, Republic of Iraq 

17:00-17:15 Audience, Presenters, and Case Study Panel Discussion |

Facilitated by Kerry Schneider, Shared Water Partnership Programme Manager, SIWI

17:15-17:30 Closing Reflection |

Dr Susanne Schmeier, IHE Delft


Conclusion

Informal water diplomacy can be a key component for international water agreement. Such initiatives can contribute to an enabling environment for official processes by creating communities of constituents to effectively influence government actors. Yet, many informal water diplomacy efforts are challenged to establish and maintain linkages to official high-level water dialogues. This event explained how practitioners understand and employ informal water diplomacy efforts. Lessons from Egypt, Iraq and Central Asia serves as great examples for the potential and highlight the need to support informal approaches in the future. It will be key to continue showcasing the positive outcomes of informal track initiatives to convince policymakers and donors to engage informally elsewhere.

Session summary contributed by Stefan Doring, PhD student, Uppsala University