Colloquium "The Right to Water and Water Rights in a Changing World" (2010)

Date 22 September 2010
Hosted by UNESCO-IHE, Delft
Organized by Alliance for the University for Peace
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A Colloquium in the framework of 30 years University for Peace.


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The topic is very timely: in the face of global changes, what role can law play in safeguarding basic needs and rights, including that of water?

Can law be more effectively mobilized to better protect vulnerable communities against droughts, floods and other climate related disasters? In so doing, to what extend can it contribute to world peace? As laws tend to be rigid, how can they play a more progressive role in a rapidly changing world? Currently water management is stepping away from the idea of stationarity – but what about legal issues? Are they set in stone?


Programme Folder | Press Release (in Dutch) | Colloquium Papers



  • Environmental protection and access to water: the challenges ahead, by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
  • Water, human rights and peace, by Joyeeta Gupta and Rhodante Ahlers
  • Sharing Water: A Necessity for Peace in a Changing World, by Gregory Hobbs

Report (in Dutch) in H2O, the Dutch magazine on water management


Convenors:   Alliance for UPEACE   • UNESCO-IHEThe Netherlands National IHP CommitteeCPWC • PCCPNetherlands National Commission for UNESCO


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