2-3 June 2016 – 9:00-17:00 – Geneva – Maison de la Paix

Water Security: Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

In association with GCSP, Green Cross International, Geneva Water Hub, WaterLex – Application deadline, 23 May 2016 – http://www.gcsp.ch/Events/Water-Security

Water is recognised as a strategic resource whose management and governance may generate or aggravate crises and conflicts but also has a potential of unifying people across population groups or borders. The World Economic Forum (WEF), in its 2016 Global Risk Report, identifies water crises as one of the main risks in the short and the long term, and it advocates “policy options where multi-stakeholder action is critical.” In adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community has defined objectives that are consistent with this realisation: Goal 6 aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” while Goal 17 intends to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”. 

In March 2015, the Globe Expert Advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) system defined governance as one of the key issues impacting water security. Regarding possible resilience solutions designed to prevent water crises, it emphasized: information and communications technology (ICT); technology transfers; and public-private partnerships, thus being totally in line with both the WEF findings and the SDG global strategy.

Multi-stakeholder approaches to water security can only benefit from the analysis and policy tool offered by Artificial Intelligence, at the heart of the concept of this innovative and cutting-edge seminar.

Key Benefits for You

Participating in a process of innovative reflections for action
Discovering and gaining breakthrough methods, models and tools applicable to risk assessment
Benefiting from multidisciplinary and crosscutting experiences and expertise  
Meeting leading practitioners and experts, and shaping new paths with them 

Why You Should Attend
You will join a community of practitioners and analysts who will identify effective approaches to detect and prevent water crises.
Your way of addressing water crises will be transformed and you will become a player of its developments.
You will access innovative and prospective tools

Programme Design
From the Syrian case regarding climate change, water and its impact on security, the panellists will analyse the different features involved in water crises. Their views will be compared with the analyses provided by the Globe Expert Advanced Artificial Intelligence system. Panellists and participants will identify ways and means to detect, prevent or mitigate water crises by fostering multi-stakeholder action.

Programme Focus
Climate Change, Water Crisis and Conflict: the Case of Syria
Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Water Governance
New Tools to Analyse Decision Making in Situations of Uncertainty
The Role of International Organisations and National Development Agencies in Cooperative Approaches to Water Governance
Water Management and Trans-border Cooperation
Drinking Water, Water and Sanitation
Water and Smart technologies 

This course is free of admission; Optional welcome dinner on 1 June 2016: CHF 90. For further details about the seminar and the application process, please contact: Deborah Zdravkovic (d.zdravkovic@gcsp.ch / +41 (0)22 730 96 64)