Water diplomacy can be defined as the use of diplomatic instruments to existing or emerging disagreements and conflicts over shared water resources with the aim to solve or mitigate those for the sake of cooperation, regional stability, and peace.
Expressions of interest: please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being part of our Water Diplomacy Division.
Applicants should have some years of relevant work experience or have done other water-related activities.
Work experience may be directly or indirectly related to water management and from the water sector or other relevant sectors (water managers, decision-makers and others involved in dealing with or interested in the fields of planning, regulating, and managing access, allocation, and control of water resources and services at various scales). Other categories include servants from authorities involved in water management, professionals from international organizations, local and international NGOs, water users’ associations, universities, research institutes, and consultants.
Civil Society Engagement
UNEP ( UN Environment Programme) recognizes the importance of engaging Major Groups and other Stakeholders as partners and appreciates the perspectives they bring to the table, valuable research and advocacy functions they perform and their role in helping foster long-term, broad-based support for UNEP’s mission.
Intergovernmental decisions will have stronger and broader recognition and support by the public if governments take Major Groups and other Stakeholders views into account as early as possible in policy-making and decision-making processes. Major Groups and other Stakeholders also play a direct role in the formation of policy as researchers, think-tanks, and watchdogs, or through advocacy.
Building Meaningful and Effective Engagement by Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) with UNEA 5.2 and UNEP: A Webinar for UNEP MGS - Capacity Building for UNEA 5.2
To prepare Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) to engage effectively in UNEA 5.2, with support from UNEP, the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (https://stakeholderforum.org/) organized a series of training for all six regions in the 4th quarter of 2021.
The Arabic, French, and Spanish language versions of the webinar recordings are now available along with the English language versions. Recordings of all five webinars can be found on the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future website’s SF Webinars page.
UNEP@50 and the UNEP We Want
Water conference 2023:
how public diplomacy should be involved?
According to A/RES/75/212, 4 (f) the Conference should “involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, other interested international bodies, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as support further action to implement, the objectives of the Decade and the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Paragraphs 22 invites “other relevant stakeholders, including organizations and bodies of the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, other interested international bodies and non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations, whose work is relevant to the Conference, accredited in accordance with the provisions set forth in annex II to the present resolution, to participate as observers in the Conference and its preparatory meeting.”
Paragraph 24 “Stresses the importance of the participation and full involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including women, children, young people, older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities, in the implementation of the Decade at all levels.”
Catalyzing Cooperation: Disaster Diplomacy and its Potential to Short-Circuit the Climate-Conflict Link