Round Table - "The Geneva List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructures During and After Armed Conflicts"


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
7bis Avenue de la Paix, Room Kruzel, 2nd floor
1211 Geneva (Access map)


This report presents the results of this round table.

This round table generated interest by partners and resulted in the organization of the following events:

The pictures of the event are available below.

The human right to water is well-recognized as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights. Access to water can only be ensured through the protection and safe management of water infrastructures. The protection of water infrastructures before, during and after armed conflicts is governed by an elaborate set of provisions contained in instruments of International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law and International Water Law. However, the implementation of these protective norms remain a major problem in contemporary international and non-international armed conflicts. The severe consequences caused by the targeting of water infrastructures is further aggravated by the proliferation of urban warfare and prolonged armed conflicts.

Following the 2017 recommendations of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, the Geneva Water Hub and the University of Geneva Platform for the International Water Law have started to draft the Geneva List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructures in September 2018. During the drafting process, the Platform has consulted experts coming from academia, international and non-governmental organizations. Moreover, an Geneva Water Hub experts’ Round Table was held in December 2018. 

The Geneva List is a reference document prepared for the use of parties to armed conflicts, international organizations, and other practitioners working in the contexts of armed conflicts, including in pre- and post-conflict situations. It is the first document that systematizes the main rules applicable to the protection of water infrastructures during armed conflicts, specifically in the conduct of hostilities, as well as in pre-conflict and post-conflict situations and set forth good practices.

The programme of the event is available below.