UNITAR e-learning course on Introduction to Water Diplomacy (6 November – 3 December 2017)

The pressure on freshwater resources is increasing globally, and with it the legitimate concern that tensions will rise between states which have no choice, but to secure their water requirements for their own development and growth. Beyond its apparent potential for conflict, water bears a strong cooperation potential which has yet to be understood and empowered. Water is and will remain at the heart of international peace and security, the defense of human rights and the imperative for sustainable development paths. An increasingly strong and coordinated response is therefore expected from the international community.

This course will aim to raise participants’ awareness of the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and highlight the need for modern diplomatic solutions to mitigate conflict and enable water’s potential for cooperation at the transboundary level. Upon completion of the curriculum, participants should be able to describe some of today’s major water stressors, identify the world’s “water hotspots”, recognize the benefits of transboundary water cooperation based on negotiation and mediation, and comprehend the importance of transnational water management institutions for sustainably supporting the benefits of cooperation.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/introduction-water-diplomacy-3