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

Symphony for Water & Peace

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 will be non-binding, and will address policy issues at all levels (global, regional, national and local). However, the Panel will not make any country specific recommendations.

While the Panel will function outside the formal structure of the United Nations, it will work 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 will be the only body serving in this capacity. The Panel will hold consultations or hearings to get inputs from all relevant organizations and stakeholders.

A Group of Friends for the Panel should be 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.

Three other sessions will take place in the next two years and the outputs are expected to be presented at global events such as the 2016 UNGA, the COP 22 in Marrakesh, the 2017 WEF and the 2018 World Water Forum in Brasilia. The report should be prepared by the autumn of 2017.

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Water & 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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Photo Gallery


Water and security - Lines of action of the FDFA

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The Only Alternative to Water is Water: Blue Peace for the 21st Century - Danilo Türk in the Huffington Post - 22 March 2016

Managing the Politics of Water - HRH Prince Hassan and Sundeep Waslekar in Project Syndicate - 17 March 2016

Burkhalter lance une commission sur l'eau et la paix - Le Matin -16 nov. 2015

Burkhalter lance une commission sur l'eau et la paix - Tribune de Genève -16 nov. 2015

Le Maroc engagé à partager son expérience en matière de gestion des ressources hydroliques - Le Matin -19 nov. 2015

Burkhalter lance une commission sur l'eau et la paix - - 16 nov. 2015

Bundesrat Burkhalter lanciert globales Panel zu Wasser und Frieden - BauernZeitung 16 nov. 2015

Wasser als Instrument des Friedens - - 16 nov. 2015

Didier Burkhalter lancia gruppo mondiale su acqua e pace - Giornale del Popolo - 16 nov. 2015

Un Marocain au Panel mondial sur l’eau et la paix - Medias 24 - 17 nov. 2015

Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace' to propose solutions to conflicts - The Economic Times – 18 nov. 2015

En la semana de la Paz en Ginebra, Colombia junto con 13 países, lidera el Panel Global de alto Nivel sobre Agua y Paz  - 20 nov. 2015

Mme Afilal participe au lancement officiel du Panel mondial sur l’eau et la paix à Genève - Menara Magazine - 16 nov. 2015

España se compromete a colaborar activamente en el Panel sobre Agua y Paz de Naciones Unidas para avanzar en la prevención y resolución de los conflictos relacionados con el agua - Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente - 16 nov. 2015

Agenda and flyer

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