water diplomacy

More than 450 of the world's leading water experts gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 3-7 for the second annual conference on "Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy." Hosted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Water Institute at UNC and the College of Arts and Sciences' UNC Institute for the Environment, the conference focused upon water-related research, education and outreach. Attendees from 30 countries represented a wide range of organizations, including the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE, U.S.

International paradigms, as realism and neoliberalism have historically defined the principles of international cooperation considering non-state actors as either negligent or influential. Hydro-politics, considers a new regime in which water can be considered by state and non-state actors as a new strategy to improve international cooperation. However, international law principles and the international water law framework seem to be working contradictory to the logics and schemes necessary for hydro-politics to become a successful platform for multilateral cooperation.

"When we go to another country solving their water problems, it’s the best public diplomacy," says businessman Ronald Lauder.

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy was pleased to host Professor Massoud (Mike) Pirbazari and the student research team from his project, “Safe Water for All Nations (S.W.A.N.)” to discuss how environmental engineering and public diplomacy

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is pleased to host a major conference on water diplomacy. Water is essential to humankind’s existence, is increasingly unavailable because of pollution, failure to develop conservation programs, and mismanagement of water resources. During the near future, water shortages could lead to conflict in many parts of the world.

Today marks the official launch of CPD's Water Diplomacy Initiative. The Initiative will feature a number of events and publications on Water Diplomacy and continuing research activity addressing a range of water diplomacy issues.

Plenty of performers go abroad on missions of cultural diplomacy aimed subtly at shoring up relations between their own nation and others. And then there are the three dozen dancers and singers of “Water Is Rising,’’ a show that is not coy about its purpose.