Water: weapon of war or instrument of peace?

"Water can also be an instrument for peace, especially if we build bridges between scientists and regulators," says Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

On the occasion of World Peace Day, Geneva Solutions, the Geneva Press Club-Club suisse de la presse, and the Geneva Water Hub, a centre of the University of Geneva specialised in hydropolitics and hydrodiplomacy, organised a debate on Water security and Water diplomacy.

Moderated panel debate
Moderators: Kasmira Jefford, Geneva Solutions Editor-in-Chief and Pierre Ruetschi, Geneva Press Club Executive Director.

Opening statements

  • Michael Møller, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

1st Panel: Water Security: How to prevent conflicts and preserve resources?

  • Boubacar Barry, Expert in charge of Water and Rural Development priority at the 9th World Water Forum

  • Mara Tignino, Lead Legal Specialist for Geneva Water Hub

  • Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

  • Monica Ramos, Global WASH Coordinator at UNICEF

  • Patrick Youssef, Regional Director for Africa, ICRC

2nd Panel: Water as a driver of peace in the Sahel region

  • Ambassador Marion Weichelt, Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon, Former Ambassador to Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde

  • Baaba Maal, Singer and Guitarist, Land Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

  • Général Emmanuel de Romémont, Founder of More Water For Sahel

  • Jean Bosco Bazié, President of Eau Vive Internationale

Closing remarks

  • Dr Danilo Türk, Lead Political Advisor for Geneva Water Hub, Former President of Slovenia

This event was supported by the Canton of Geneva (through the Geneva Press Club) and by the City of Geneva (through Geneva Solutions).