High-Level Panel: Innovative Approaches for Peace


This annual High-Level Panel explores trends and developments related to water, climate change and conflict prevention. This year focuses on how on the ground actions and preventative diplomacy can reduce tensions, worsened by impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, that may erode stability and peace in shared waters.

Session Description

Following on the heels of the UN 2023 Water Conference, this High-Level Panel explores the interlinkages between environmental degradation, climate change and peace from the perspectives of countries, business, organizations and communities.

Climate change and environmental degradation intensify risks that reduce peace and stability. These crises can intensify drivers that increase fragility, thereby undermining resilience and stability of societies. While the crises are inherently intertwined, potential solutions have all too often been kept separate. Commitments for the Water Action Decade have the potential to contribute to peace and conflict prevention by taking a nexus approach. Effective solutions to addressing these crises require innovative and interdependent approaches that cross boundaries, engage diverse stakeholders and have actions at multiple levels. Moderator: Arati Davis.



Introduction Karin Gardes,  Acting Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute
Panel 1: Transboundary cooperation for environment, peace and stability Fatou Jeng, Climate Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General; Gambian Gender Negotiator at UNFCCC; and Founder, Clean Earth Gambia
Radhika Fox, Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for Water, United States
Lou-Ellen Martin, Director, Urban and International Water – Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW)
Panel 2: Focus on economy, environment, and benefit sharing Tanja Miškova, Ambassador-at-Large for Water Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Lenka Thamae, Executive Secretary, Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM)
James Dalton, Head of Water Management Team, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Closing: Fireside chat  Karin Gardes, Acting Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute
Stefan Löfven, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board


Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)


Location: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Virtual

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2023