The Gaza Aquifer: A Dramatic Example of Failing Water Diplomacy

22 Feb 2018  In line with UPH’s focus on water diplomacy issues, UPH Chairman Robert Serry took part in the Water & Peace Seminar organized by the IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education. In a keynote speech on 18 January 2018, he offered a “diplomat’s perspective” on transboundary water diplomacy, focusing on the water and sanitation crisis in Gaza.

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From Water conflicts to Water cooperation. The role of Water Diplomacy

07 Feb 2018  What made Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, change his mind within one year on WATER? In March 2001 he told the world: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future”. And in January 2002 he said:the water problems of our world need not be only a cause of tension; they can also be a catalyst for cooperation….. If we work together, a secure and sustainable water future can be ours”.

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New chairman Robert Serry highlights plans and ambitions for UPH

12 Dec 2017  During his long international career, Robert Serry has seen eye to eye with opposing parties in various conflict zones. These experiences inspired him to join UPEACE Centre The Hague (UPH) as its new chairman in October 2017. His main goal for UPH is to promote learning programmes in conflict management studies that bring together both academicians and practitioners. read more


Peace and Conflict Studies
The Peace and Conflict Studies Programme focuses largely on the dynamics between local, national and international dimensions of conflicts and peacebuilding efforts.  ›
Water and Peace
The objective of the Water and Peace Programme is to raise awareness and increase the knowledge about the mechanisms and processes which lead to water conflicts in the developing world.  ›
Business and Peace
The Business and Peace Programme addresses the potential role businesses can play, while operating in conflict affected areas and fragile countries. ›

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About UPEACE Costa Rica

The University for Peace (UPEACE) was created in 1980 as a Treaty Organization within the framework of the United Nations to support the central peace and security objectives of the UN. Its mission is to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace.
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Educational services offered by UPEACE The Hague in 2016-2017

In the academic year 2016-2017 UPEACE The Hague contributes to the educational curriculum of the International Public Management Programme, the Social Work Programme, and the European Studies Programme of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
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Lecture Series "Peacebuilding in Progress"

In 2014 UPEACE Centre The Hague initiated a Lecture Series called "Peacebuilding in Progress". These lectures take place in the Seminar Room of the Academy Building of the Peace Palace. 
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