Jörg Barandat * watercourse.de * editorial
September 1-6, 2013 2013 World Water Week
Water Cooperation – Building Partnership Online Programme: http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/
Will 2013 be seen as the International Year of Water Law Cooperation?
Jul 04, 2013 … the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to become operational by the end of the year. Last but not least, this year sees States debate the fate of the 2008 Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers within the UN General Assembly.
– UN Watercourses Convention: http://untreaty.un.org/cod/avl/ha/clnuiw/clnuiw.html
– UNECE Helsinki Convention: http://www.unece.org/env/water/text/text.html
Stockholm Statement Digital Forum
… In September 2013 SIWI will submit the Stockholm Statement to the 68th UN General Assembly. The objective of this paper is to influence and elevate the status of water in the post-2015 development agenda … In mid July, all posted comments will be reviewed and taken into consideration whilst SIWI drafts the 2013 Stockholm Statement. This draft will then be published here during August for review and comment by you. SIWI will then review and edit all comments before the final Stockholm Statement will be presented online and to the participants at the World Water Week in Stockholm during 1-6 September.
ECOSOC: Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 Development Agenda
UN-Water: Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
EU Council conclusions on EU water diplomacy
23 July 2013 … EU foreign ministers underscored … that tensions over access to water are likely to rise in the next decade and could endanger stability in many parts of the world. They also highlighted the potential of “water diplomacy” and the need to promote cooperation based on EU experience. Water security was brought to the table by a decision taken earlier that the ministers should periodically look into long-term issues of high importance. No specific water-related conflict was discussed at the Brussels meeting. As the ministerial agenda was packed with issues that included putting Hezbollah on the EU terrorist list and the Middle East peace process, no discussion took place on water diplomacy. Ministers acknowledge that water-related conflicts could endanger the stability in many parts of the world, affecting the EU interests and international peace and security. Climate change and demographic developments are seen as aggravating the situation.
Foreign ministers promote ‘water diplomacy’ …
Council conclusions on EU water diplomacy …
Understanding Pakistan’s Water-Security Nexus
May 14, 2013 … Pakistan faces unprecedented stresses on its water resources from inequitable distribution, population growth, urbanization, and shifts in production and consumption patterns, and these water problems exacerbate local tensions. Solutions to Pakistan’s water crisis must focus on addressing unsustainable practices and gross mismanagement … this report, sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, provides a preliminary analysis of water management within a critical national context … http://www.usip.org/publications/understanding-pakistans-water-security-nexus
SWP + American Institute for Contemporary German Studies + John Hopkins University
Projekt: Transatlantische Risikogovernance / Transatlantic Risk Governance
Survey: Risk Averse Germans and Risk Friendly Americans?
July 2013 … To get a better understanding of the risks perceived on both sides of the Atlantic as well as risk preferences … conducted an opinion poll among U.S. and European transatlantic opinion- and decision-makers .. asked about risk preferences, risk identification and choices in risk management tools … The difference, however, is anything but large … What is striking is that U.S. and German respondents agreed on the respective top risks. This holds true for the overall list (same ranking of the top five risks), financial risks (collapse of the international financial system), environmental and health risks (climate change), resource risks (water shortage), [siehe Grafiken auf den Seiten 15, 16, 19 J.B.] and new security risks (proliferation of weapons of mass destruction) … The results suggest that cooperation will generally not be hindered by profound differences in perception and management preferences of global risks. However, the existing differences also imply that cooperation may not be a walk in the park either …
January 16, 2013 The Impact of a Cotton T-Shirt. How smart choices can make a difference in our water and energy footprint …