Global High-Level Panel on Water & Peace - Secretariat



The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace was launched on 16 November 2015 in Geneva and will develop a set of proposals aimed at strengthening the global architecture to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, and facilitate the use of water as an important factor of building peace. It will also enhance the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making.

In May 2015, a meeting in Geneva brought together representatives from 22 interested countries from across the world to discuss a proposal to establish a Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace. By nominating panel members, 15 countries have then become co-convening countries: Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland.

The issue of “Water and Peace” has many facets. The Panel will focus on four main themes:

  • Identify legal, economic, financial and institutional mechanisms to incentivize multi-sectoral and transboundary water cooperation;
  • Examine how to cope with and prevent water-related conflicts, namely transboundary and inter-sectoral — possibly exploring potential mechanisms to promote hydro-diplomacy;
  • Promote effective implementation of the global water conventions;
  • Promote best practices in water cooperation.

List of Panelists

Structure and Modalities

Input documents to the reflection of the Panel

Symphony for Water & Peace

16 November 2015 Launch Photo Gallery


List of Panelists


Dr. Danilo Turk, former President of the Republic, Slovenia

Vice Chairs

Mr. Mansour Faye, Minister of Water and Hydraulics, Senegal
Dr. Alvaro Umaña Quesada, former Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica

Members (by order of nomination by co-convening country)

Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor of Law at University of Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Claudia Patricia Mora, former Vice Minister for Water and Sanitation, Colombia
Dr. Pascual Fernández, former State Secretary for Water and Seashore, Spain
Prof. Andras Szöllösi-Nagy, former Rector of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Hungary
His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal, Jordan
Mr. Yerlan Nysanbayev, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Kazakhstan
Mr. Mike Allen Hammah, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana
Mr. Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Centre Director of Middle East Desalination Research Centre, Oman
Mr. Andres Tarand, former Prime Minister, Estonia
Mr. Thor Chetha, Secretary of State of Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, Cambodia (acting on an interim basis, nominee to be announced)
Mr. Franck Galland, Managing Director of Environmental Emergency & Security Services, France
Mr. Abdelaaziz Ameziane, General Engineer, Ministry of Water, Morocco

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Structure and Modalities

Panel members are serving in their individual capacity.

The Panel is independent and is tasked with outlining concrete proposals and recommendations to enable water to be an instrument of peace. These proposals are non-binding, and address policy issues at all levels (global, regional, national and local). However, the Panel does not make any country specific recommendations.

While the Panel functions outside the formal structure of the United Nations, it works in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders, notably with the UN which is represented in the Panel through UN-Water as observer and will be involved in all sessions. It is the only body serving in this capacity. The Panel holds consultations or hearings to get inputs from all relevant organizations and stakeholders.

A Group of Friends for the Panel has been created in order to include any other country that expresses its interest in being a part of this process.

The Secretariat of the Panel is provided by the Geneva Water Hub, with the support of Strategic Foresight Group, a think tank based in Mumbai.

The report of recomendations will be launched in autumn of 2017, in New-York City and Geneva.


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Input documents to the reflection of the Panel

Geneva Water Hub Think Tank roundtables reports

  1. 20 March 2017 - Round Table – “Data for Water, Peace and Security”.
  2. 28 February 2017 - Round Table – “Hydro-Diplomacy for Water, Peace and Security”.
  3. 27 February 2017 - Round Table – “Financing Incentives for Water Cooperation”.
  4. 3 February 2017 - Round Table – “Refugees and Access to Water: Challenges and Responses".
  5. 1 November 2016 - Round Table – “Intersectoriality and Conflicts”.
  6. 26 October 2016 - Round Table – “Promoting the Effectiveness of International Water Law in Support of Security and Peace".
  7. 14 June 2016 - Round Table – “Protection of Water During and After Armed Conflicts".
  8. 24 September 2015 - Round Table – “Cooperation and Benefit Sharing in the Senegal and Niger River Basins".

Documents of the Strategic Foresight Group (SFG)

  1. Recommendations from the SFG to the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace


  1. Bolognesi T., Bréthaut Ch., Sangbana K., & Tignino M. (2016). Transboundary governance in the Senegal and Niger river basins: historical analysis and overview of the status of common facilities and benefit sharing arrangements.

  2. Pohl, B., & Kramer, A. (2016). Investing in basins of risk: What elements should a putative code of conduct for business operating in basins at risk include? (Discussion Note). Geneva Water Hub.

  3. Pohl, B., & Kramer, A. (2016). Sharing benefits in shared basins: What are the opportunities of and experiences with benefit-sharing in transboundary basins? (Discussion Note). Geneva Water Hub.

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Water and Peace Symphony

By the time the Panel’s messages and recommendations are finalized, they will also be conveyed in the universal language of music. Indeed, a unique and particularly inspiring feature of the Panel’s work is that it will be accompanied and enriched by musicians from around the world. The result will be an original symphony for Water & Peace, composed progressively as the Panel convenes in different continents. Upon completion, the symphony is intended to become a powerful symbol and inspiration for all efforts to make water a source of cooperation and peace.

More information and music can be found here.

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16 November 2015 Launch Photo Gallery


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