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Podcast 3: Water for Peace - Collaborating on Water Insecurity

"Collaboration on water insecurity issues with Danilo Türk, the Lead Political Advisor of Geneva Water Hub"

This is the third of four Water for Peace podcasts for the World Bank’s Online Fragility Forum 2020. The focus of this episod... view more

About the Presenters

Danilo Türk

Lead Political Advisor, Geneva Water Hub

Danilo Türk is lead political advisor of the Geneva Water Hub (@GenevaWaterHub). Mr. Türk is a Slovenian Diplomat, Professor of International Law, Human Rights Expert and political figure who served as President of Slovenia from 2007 to 2012. He was the first Slovene Ambassador to the United Nations, from 1992-2000. He was the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs from 2000 - 2005. Mr. Türk is a visiting professor of International Law at Columbia University in New York City, and a professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana. He is the founder of the Danilo Türk foundation, devoted mostly to the rehabilitation of child victims of armed conflict. Mr. Türk was also Chair of the global high level panel on water and peace between 2015 and 2017.

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BIBASWAN

- Aug 20, 2020
The Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership is a collaboration among an expanding group of organizations supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ... The focus of this episode is collaboration on water insecurity issues, with Danilo Türk, the lead political advisor of Geneva Water Hub.

BIBASWAN

- Aug 20, 2020
The growing water crisis increasingly poses a threat to livelihoods, economies, and global security. Organisations including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the High-Level Panel on Water have all added their voice to these concerns. In response, the Water, Peace and Security partnership is designing innovative tools and services that can identify developing water-related security risks. These innovative tools and services are able to show short term water shortage changes and impacts, and link them to social, political, economic, and hydrological factors. This leads to evidence-based actions that allow risks to be addressed, and human insecurity prevented or mitigated.

BIBASWAN

- Aug 20, 2020
Water insecurity is increasing worldwide. About 36% of the world’s people live in water-scarce regions, with the numbers set to increase thanks to population growth, rapid urbanisation, and growing economic demands for water. On average, droughts affect over 50 million people annually and cause more than $5 billion of damage. Further, they may have a long-term de-stabilising impacts on livelihoods and societies. Meanwhile, 100 million are affected by floods, causing $31 billion in damage. Ecosystem losses and climate change impacts are exacerbating these threats.

BIBASWAN

- Aug 20, 2020
"Water wars are coming!" the newspaper headlines scream. It seems obvious—rivalries over water have been the source of disputes since humans settled down to cultivate food. Even our language reflects these ancient roots: "rivalry" comes from the Latin rivalis, or "one using the same river as another." Countries or provinces bordering the same river (known as "riparians") are often rivals for the water they share. As the number of international river basins (and impact of water scarcity) has grown so do the warnings that these countries will take up arms to ensure their access to water. In 1995, for example, World Bank Vice President Ismail Serageldin claimed that "the wars of the next century will be about water."

BIBASWAN

- Aug 20, 2020
The Water for Life and Peace programme aims to promote human rights, peace and development, and to have a concrete and immediate impact on communities, by working across three main areas: Right to Water and Sanitation, the legal frameworks of shared water resources.

BIBASWAN

- Aug 20, 2020
I am BIbaswan, an NGO Volunteer here in West Bengal, India for last two years, member of International Human Rights Commission.

Mohammad Nadir

- Aug 16, 2020
Excellent series!
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