Background

The Hague Ministerial Declaration, signed in March 2000, identified seven water-related challenges to achieving water security. These challenges provided the context for the launch of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). UNESCO launched the From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential (PCCP) programme to address all of these issues, with a special focus on the challenge of sharing water resources, primarily from the point of view of governments.

The programme was conceived with the idea that, although transboundary water resources can be a source of conflict, their joint management can be strengthened and even used as a means for further cooperation. Thus PCCP aims to demonstrate that a situation with undeniable potential for conflict can be transformed into a situation where cooperation potential can emerge. 

PCCP coordinates cooperation processes and disseminates best practices of water conflict resolution and cooperation building. It offers a “one-stop-shop” for activities in transboundary waters, and establishes links with related initiatives within UNESCO and the UN more broadly. The programme also cooperates with other non-UN institutions around the world working in this domain.

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