PCCP has organized numerous conferences and events which constitute platforms for promoting dialogue and cooperation between major stakeholders involved in the management of transboundary water resources. During these conferences, several hundred experts, government officials, academics, representatives of international organizations and NGOs gather for focused debates and discussions.


UNESCO-IHP, the Chirac Foundation and the French Development Agency team up for conference on water and peace

While the global amount of water remains unchanged, global changes are putting pressure on these fragile resources. The world’s population is increasing exponentially, and it is predicted that by 2050, 9 billion people will inhabit our planet.  Migrations from rural to urban areas, urbanization as well as the impacts of climate change are putting even more pressure on the water resources.

The conference on "Water for Peace – Peace for Water: Lessons from the Past and Current Challenges", jointly organized by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and the Fondation Chirac, with the support of AFD (Agence Française de Développement), addressed these issues with 2 roundtables, on 13 November 2008, from 9:30am to 1pm.

The Conference brought together distinguished speakers from international organizations and NGOs, policy makers, journalists from different regions of the world.

Its aim was to provide a high-level, multi-stakeholder forum to discuss new challenges in transboundary water conflicts and cooperation as well as management of water in fragile states.

The outcome of the roundtable deliberations also contributed to the Political Process of the 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul 15 to 22 March 2009.

Conference website and programme


Water: A Catalyst for Peace Conference Interactive Role-play and Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques

Zaragoza, 6-8 October

UNESCO's PCCP project hosted an innovative international role-play conference gathering more than 150 water professionals, decision-makers and diplomats, representatives of civil society, educators and post-graduate students, from 41 countries, for 3 days of intensive debate. The role-play format proved to be an excellent, constructive and engaging means for teaching and awareness-building of Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques in water management.

Online Reports


From Conflict to Cooperation in International Water Resources Management: Challenges and Opportunities

Delft, 20 – 22 November

UNESCO, in collaboration with Green Cross International, organized an international conference that brought together more than 160 participants. One of its targets was to reflect on the results of the same year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and its impact on sustainable transboundary water management. It aimed to deepen the knowledge about the roots of conflicts and to achieve a better understanding of co-operation mechanisms and conflict resolution tools. At the same time, the keynote presentations, panel discussions, individual paper presentations and open debate sessions were planned to produce ideas to initiate the second phase of the PCCP project.

  • Janos Bogardi and Saskia Castelein (eds.), Selected Papers of the International Conference from Conflict to Cooperation in International Water Resources Management: Challenges and Opportunities, UNESCO-IHE Delft, The Netherlands, 20-22 November 2002, UNESCO-IHP, 600 p.
    PDF Document Conference proceedings, PDF document (3.4 MB)
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