Stockholm World Water Week (SIWI WWW) 2022 - Value of Water during Armed Conflicts


Online & On-site session
Pillar Hall


The pictures from the event are available below.

Please find below the Experts’ Opinion which stems from the session 2022 SIWI World Water Week Session “Value of Water during Armed Conflicts”. The Finnish Special Envoy, Antti Rautavaara, has shared the Experts’ Opinion with the UN Water Conference 2023 co-hosts and also with the Office of President of General Assembly. The document will be distributed via the Finnish communication channels, including uploading it online. 

This session highlights the critical role of water in armed conflicts, underlining gaps and weaknesses in international frameworks and practices, and highlights available measures to protect the human rights to water and sanitation, water resources and infrastructure, and a healthy environment for all.


14:00 Opening of the session

Dr. Suvi Sojamo, Finnish Environment Institute, session moderator

14:00-14:10 Opening address

Ms. Katja Ahlfors, Director, Centre for Peace Mediation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

14:10-14.15 Introduction to the panel: The role and value of water in armed conflicts

Dr. Suvi Sojamo, Finnish Environment Institute, junior experts

14.15-15.00 Panel: Measures to protect human rights to water and sanitation, water resources and infrastructure at different phases of the conflict cycle

During conflict: The legal protection of water during armed conflicts, Dr. Mara Tignino, Geneva Water Hub, commentary from junior expert Ms. Dominique Steinbrecher
Post-conflict: The value and importance of WASH in post-conflict settings, Dr. Omar El Hattab, UNICEF, commentary from junior expert Ms. Cholpon Aitakhunova
Conflict prevention: Water as a catalyst of peace in regional initiatives, Ms. Saule Ospanova, OSCE  & Mr. Maruan El Krekshi, CMI, commentary from junior expert Ms. Elina Häkkinen

15.00-15:25 Q&A with panelists and the audience

15.25-15.30 Key messages for the way forward

More information on the World Water Week website.

The flyer of the event is available below.



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