ROUND TABLE (Chatham House Rule): Business in water-stressed areas: The importance of conflict-sensitive water management strategies

Date 29 March 2016
Hosted by Peace Palace, Academy Building, Arbitrage Suite
Organized by UPEACE Centre The Hague in partnership with United Nations Global Compact in the Netherlands (UNGC), the World Business Council for a Sustainable World (WBCSD), the Water Diplomacy Consortium and Water Partner
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Register before: March 20, 2016
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In water-stressed areas business operations are risky. If water management is not dealt with properly, access to water might be threatened and even conflicts can be exacerbated.


Adequate water management strategies and practises that take into account risks associated with water-stress complemented by conflict-sensitive approaches are essential components of a business strategy for water-stressed areas of today and of the future.

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The relevance of the Round Table is based upon:

  • the concerns about water-stress expressed at the World Economic Forum that ranked water as the top global risk for the next decade;
  • the United Nations endorsed Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the urgency of ensuring the “universal access to safe and affordable drinking water” (SDG 6) by 2030, as a way to ensure sustainability, thus peace and prosperity;
  • the CEO Water Mandate.

In line with the UN Appeal to all stakeholders to contribute to sustainability, the Water Round Table will bring together entrepreneurs, diplomats, experts and researchers to share insights, experiences and ideas on water management in water-stressed areas and to discuss possible mitigation strategies and methodologies.


The aims of the Round Table are:

  1. Sharing practices and solutions to address water related issues in water-stressed areas;
  2. Identifying specific follow up actions in support of policy formulation, guidelines for businesses and for applied research.

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