Centre of Competence on Water for Peace

What We Do

Actions to help prevent water-related conflicts and promote water as an instrument of peace and cooperation.
Building Peace
Protection of Water During & After Armed Conflict
Shaping Law and Policy
Education & Training
Setting the Research Agenda
Consultancy Services
Building Peace
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Water for Peace Diplomacy in the Sahel
The Geneva Water Hub has been facilitating a dialogue on “Water as Driver of Peace in the Sahel” since 2018, with actors from development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and security communities. By applying the framework from the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace to the multifaceted crisis im...
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Water for Peace Diplomacy in Western Asia and North Africa (WANA)
The vision of the Geneva Water Hub extends to Western Asia and North Africa (WANA), a region which unfortunately faces protracted humanitarian crises, political uncertainty, civil unrest, and the impacts of climate change. The definitions of WANA vary widely, but we adopt the definition provided by ...
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Water peace diplomacy WANA
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Art for Water and Peace
At the Geneva Water Hub, we believe in the transformative power of music, theatre, film, poetry, and dance to ignite action and cultivate ambassadors for water and peace. We actively engage in and support artistic and cultural initiatives, with the aim to reach spur creativity, foster dialogue and e...
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Art for water and peace
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Water for Peace Diplomacy Global
Since 2018, the Geneva Water Hub has been working with regional and thematic partners to establish the Global Observatory for Water and Peace (GOWP) - a global platform of regional and local implementing partners from well-established, credible and neutral organizations committed to the agenda of wa...
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Methods of Diplomacy
The Geneva Water Hub uses water to improve relations. Peace re-enforcement diplomacy is employed to initiate or support processes aimed at improving social cohesion and inducing more effective forms of water cooperation. Pro-active diplomacy is employed where water-related issues increase social or ...
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Protection of Water During & After Armed Conflict
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Building Legal Capacity and Knowledge on the Protection of Water from Armed Conflict
The Geneva Water Hub and its Platform for International Water Law promote the dissemination and a better understanding of the legal frameworks protecting water resources and water-related infrastructure during and after armed conflicts. Through our research and trainings, we aim at contributing to t...
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Global Alliance to Spare Water from Armed Conflicts
The Global Alliance to Spare Water from Armed Conflicts galvanises efforts to protect the human dignity of the population affected from armed conflicts. The alliance will disseminate existing legal and technical tools for the protection of freshwater and related installations from armed conflicts.
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Lack of Water
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Understanding the Reverberating Effects of Armed Conflict
Urban and rural water services are defined by an interdependency of people, hardware and consumables. These three components are reliant on each other for the proper functioning of the system. In addition, water services are complex and interconnected systems. The cumulative degradation of the syste...
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Shaping Law and Policy
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International Water Law Platform
The Geneva Water Hub, through its Platform for International Water Law, supports a better understanding of the principles and norms of international law regulating the utilization of shared water resources, including surface and groundwater. International relations and legal studies are used as conc...
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Law
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Group of Friends on Water and Peace
The Geneva Water Hub has played a pivotal role in establishing the Group of Friends on Water and Peace, comprising approximately forty countries represented by their Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva. This active group convenes on a regular basis to deliberate on the issue and strat...
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United nations
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Partnerships for Impact
Meaningful partnerships are key to effectively advancing our mission. As a Geneva-based organization, we have cultivated strong relationships within the Geneva ‘ecosystem’ and worldwide.
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Partnership
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Water Foresighting
The Geneva Water Hub spearheads forward-thinking initiatives on how water will shape future development, peacebuilding, and humanitarian agendas. Our Water Futures programme convened some of the world's most innovative thinkers at a workshop in October 2023. The objectives were threefold: to inspire...
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Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace
The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace was inaugurated on 16 November 2015 in Geneva with the mission of developing proposals to strengthen the global framework for preventing and resolving water-related conflicts.
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Education & Training
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Summer School in Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations
The Geneva Water Hub's annual Summer School on "Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations," held since 2015, is a blended training program designed for professionals acting at strategic levels.
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Online Courses
The Geneva Water Hub offers specialized e-learning courses and programs tailored to water professionals. Our online courses are designed for small groups of participants, ensuring personalized attention and interactive learning experiences.
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Online lesson
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Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)
The Geneva Water Hub has played a pivotal role in conceiving, developing, and delivering three Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). With a collective enrollment surpassing 58 000 students on the Coursera platform, our commitment to expanding both our offerings and impact remains unwavering. We conti...
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MOOC
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Environmental Peacebuilding: Exploring Theory, Law, and Practice
The Geneva Water Hub, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, is offering a specialized training course on "Environmental Peacebuilding" in Ljubljana.
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Tailor-Made Courses (online and classroom)
The Geneva Water Hub also responds to specific training requests and develops and implements high-quality customized programmes and courses which fit the training needs of its partners. Course content, programme, training material and assessment activities are developed in close consultation with...
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Setting the Research Agenda
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Legal Research
The Geneva Water Hub's legal research spans various domains, including International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law, and International Water Law.
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Legal
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Critical Hydropolitics
The Geneva Water Hub conducts research on transboundary water management, collaborates with the Universities Partnership for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy to enhance scientific knowledge and inform public discourse, and works with the UNESCO Chair on Hydropolitics to develop research projects, edu...
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Hydropolitics
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Reverberating Effects of Armed Conflict
In partnership with the ICRC, the Geneva Water Hub conducts research on the cascading consequences of armed conflict on water systems.
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Effect of war
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Science Policy Interface
The Geneva Water Hub operates at the dynamic intersection of science and policy, serving as a pioneering ‘boundary organization’ on water for peace. Recognizing the fluid nature of the science-policy interface, we adapt different strategies in our work - ranging from the vulgarization of scientific ...
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Consultancy Services
When water is shared equitably, and spared from the ravages of pollution and armed conflict, peace can prevail.

Resources

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