Netherlands works to resolve water conflicts
Conflict over water is an increasing problem all over the world and the Netherlands has a unique combination of expertise in water management and international law. With that in mind, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen has asked four organisations based in the Netherlands to set up a new Water Diplomacy Consortium to help resolve water conflicts.
Mr Knapen announced this new development Thursday at a conference on fragile states marking the opening of the University for Peace at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The organisations involved in the Water Diplomacy Consortium are the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, the Water Governance Centre and The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Minister Knapen explained: ‘Water scarcity is increasingly a cause of conflict, especially in fragile states such as Yemen, Afghanistan and South Sudan. With its unique combination of disciplines, this new consortium will be able to help forestall water conflicts and offer comprehensive solutions to resolve existing conflicts; from better water management and mediation between population groups to international justice’.
Security and the rule of law in fragile states and water are two of the four key themes in the Netherlands’ development cooperation policy.