Water & Peace

September 24, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm

GWA’s 2020 Conference on Water & Peace 

Promoting Security through Equitable Policy, Governance and Technology

 Join Global Water Alliance, Drexel Peace Engineering and the Water Center at Penn for the 2020 Conference on Water & Peace on September 24, 2020. 


All people and every ecology share a stake in the proper management of water to safeguard supply quality, fair access, and peace. A history of water use without proper planning and stakeholder involvement has led to global conflict and inequity, especially in regions of water scarcity, drought, natural disaster, pollution, or social/political turmoil. This conference will convene local, national, and international water professionals and researchers/students to discuss “water, sanitation, and hygiene” (WASH) strategies and governance for security, sustainability, and resiliency with an eye to peace norms and ethics. This will include identifying the key elements of a modern water management toolkit and preparing for the 2021 World Water Forum in Senegal with guest speakers and panelists from all over the world.


Date: September 24, 2020
Location: Webinar (link will be provided after registration on day of event) 

A certificate of attendance will be provided to participants upon request.  
~Limited capacity of 200 participants 

Conference Objectives

  1. Learn about approaches for managing water conflict and promoting peace through case   studies highlighting the role of policy, governance, data and/or technology.
  2. Begin developing modern "Toolkit" for management of water towards peace and equity for    all key stakeholders ( professionals, politicians, communities, companies, consumers,  farmers,  etc.) including governance elements and data characteristics.
  3. Begin preparations for involvement in the 2021 World Water Forum in Senegal



    Agenda (PDF here)

    10:00 am: Morning Keynote— Call to Action: Case study from Middle East about paradigms for watershed management that promote peace in times of conflict/stress with Audience Q+A

    Clive LipchinIsrael’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

    10:30 am: Panel I— Effective Water Management Tools: Case studies across different regions highlighting governance, policy, data, and technology strategies for successful water management in support of peace

    PanelistsCarol CollierAcademy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
                        Shanna McClainDRR and Resilience, NASA
                        Jerad BalesExecutive Director, CUAHSI
    Robert MuscatGlobal Peace Services USA

    ModeratorCharles IcelandGlobal and National Water Initiatives World Resources Institute, University of Pennsylvania

    11:45 am: Break.

    12:00 pm: Panel II— Water, Peace, and Development: Case studies highlighting importance of water security, including access to WASH and ecosystem integrity, in promoting sustainable development and building peaceful responses to water stress due to conflict, natural disaster, climate change etc.

    PanelistsFranco MontaltoSustainable Water Resources Lab, Drexel University
                       Marisa EnsorInstitute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University 
                       Scott MooreDirector, Penn Global China Program, University of Pennsylvania

    ModeratorAllison Lassiter, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

    1:05 pm: On the Road to 2021 World Water Forum (WWF) in Senegal 

    Abdoulaye SeneCo-President of the International steering committee, 9th World Water Forum

    1:15 pm: Interactive Session – Working Towards WWF 2021.

    1:50 pm – 2:00 pm: Wrap Up & Adjourn. 


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