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Institut de diplomatie publique acts as a space to test, model, and scale successful practices in water diplomacy providing its resources for thought and analysis to serve stakeholders who develop, implement, or teach all aspects of water and diplomacy. 

Diplomacia publica

Water. SDGs. Public diplomacy

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.

The Division brings together a broad network of public diplomats contributing to the achievement of water security.

To accelerate the kind of urgent, efficient, and effective action needed to achieve the sustainable development agenda, it is crucial to address interconnectedness. We must recognise the central role of water as a catalyst for action and progress across all SDGs


Access to clean water is a key factor in reducing poverty (SDG 1).


Lack of water and sanitation limits the lives of women and girls disproportionately and is a barrier to gender equality (SDG 5).

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Clean water is also essential to all economic activity, including energy production (SDG 7), job creation (SDG 8) and industry (SDG 9). 


To alleviate the situation, water must be a key part of planning for sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and resilient landscapes (SDG 15). 

Expressions of interest:

Please email  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.

How we work?

To resolve water conflicts negotiation, mediation, and conciliation are needed. To be successful such processes must be rooted in an in-depth contextual understanding. Third-party diplomacy is critical to maintaining dialogue under uncertain political conditions,
particularly when formal negotiations between conflicting parties have come to a halt. It is important to show that a peaceful
diplomatic solution to vital contested issues is still possible.
Water diplomacy can be successful when parties realize that non-collaboration is likely to result in worse outcomes for all involved.
Sharing international waters should be approached from a perspective of shared opportunities for regional benefits that can
outweigh the optimum national benefits, in the form of energy pools or good trade relations for example. The aim of water diplomacy should therefore be to look for and strengthen mutual benefits in bilateral, regional and international contexts. 

Public diplomacy partnership

Water is an important connector between the different SDGs and a starting point for diplomatic solutions that increase the resilience of both people and the planet.
By participating in international processes and meetings, Institut de diplomatie publique raises awareness of the water dimensions of all the SDG targets. Together with partners, the Institute sheds new light on how water-related solutions make it possible to successfully address several problems at the same time. 


e-learning courses

Water conference 2023:
The first round of special accreditation for stakeholder organizations to participate in the UN 2023 Water Conference resulted with 440 non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations having been approved by the United Nations General Assembly to participate as observers in the Conference.

The final list was submitted by the President of the General Assembly to all Member States on 24 August.

This list includes Institut de diplomatie publique.

 Water Conference / Public diplomacy

In order to collectively prepare for the Conference, Doctor/Ph.D. members of the Institute initiated a series of consultations, and dialogues, primarily within civil society as well as with other stakeholders.

The purpose of these discussions is to advocate for the water's thematic priorities by using public diplomacy tools that have already begun to formulate.

In this context, we would like to draw attention of our members to an additional opportunity for members to prepare for the UN 2023 Water Conference, including to encourage their contributions to the Water Action Agenda, by participating in Multi-Stakeholder Thematic Webinars that will be held virtually on 17 and 18 January 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM (EST).

Disaster Diplomacy

Catalyzing Cooperation: Disaster Diplomacy and its Potential to Short-Circuit the Climate-Conflict Link

Countries With the Highest Flood Risk.webp

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

Modern Architecture
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