Water diplomacy and security

Water diplomacy and security

© 2014 Diego Cifuentes / Insitu

In recent years, the optimal use of water has moved rapidly in the mainstream of international affairs and shaped foreign policy of riparian countries in their mutual relationships. To confront this new security issue, SDC encourages the emergence of a new type of diplomacy, the “water diplomacy”. SDC water diplomacy aims at fostering evidence-based dialogue, building trust and promoting sound decision making:

  • Enabling country leaders and experts to speak a common language on water management and identify and reach common goals, on the basis of sound technical information;
  • Assisting policy makers to define priorities concerning “hard” physical infrastructure needs and “soft” governance;
  • Building a path for the creation of a sound and well-grounded political constituency to foster water cooperation and creates new opportunities for resolving protracted water related conflicts.

 

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