'Hydro-Diplomacy' is the way to go

Newsfeed

The international community must gear up for a new era of 'hydro-diplomacy' as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the General Assembly.

"Water is one of the highest priorities for development and lives in dignity, as well as a serious factor in maintaining peace and security," the Deputy Secretary-General said in remarks to open the High-Level Interactive Dialogue on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life,’ 2005-2015.

"The lack of water causes individual tragedies. And it also, growingly, constitutes a threat to international peace and security. There is a need for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ – making scarce water a reason for cooperation, rather than a reason for conflict,” Jan Eliasson said.

Eliasson warned that in a period of 'intensifying disasters, both man-made and natural,' social and economic stresses related to water supply would increasingly flare up, spawning tensions between communities and nations.

Go to newsfeed

Back to Top

Diplomatist Magazine was launched in October of 1996 as the signature magazine of L.B. Associates (Pvt) Ltd, a contract publishing house based in Noida, a satellite town of New Delhi, India, the National Capital.

Search