2023 UN Water Conference - Side Event - Sharing Water in Fragile Contexts: Lessons from the Sahel

9:30-10:45 EST/GMT+5 UN HQ, Conference Room 7 405 E 42nd St, New York WATCH LIVE HERE  
2023 UN Water Conference
March, 23rd 2023
9:30 am
Zurich (+02:00)
2023 UN Water Conference

The 2023 UN Water Conference side event "Sharing Water in Fragile Contexts: Lessons from the Sahel" recording video can be accessed below: 


The Follow-up to the United Nations Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028 document can be found below.



Water is a vital resource that can both foster cooperation and trigger tensions and conflicts. In water-stressed settings, access to water is key to enable productive activities and land uses. Despite the security crisis in the Sahel, some institutions led the way to reinforce cohesion using water cooperation, at interstate, intersectoral or intercommunal levels. The Senegal River Basin Development Organization is recognized globally as a model that implements the principle of shared benefit in a way that both addresses critical infrastructure gaps and promotes peace and diplomacy among the four riparian states. Similarly, the Niger High Authority for the Consolidation of Peace pioneered an approach to seal local peace agreements among rival communities by incentivizing water cooperation in fragile zones.


General objective of the event

The main objective of the event is to promote bottom-up approaches and encourage incentives for water cooperation in vulnerable areas. This is essential for fostering lasting peace and sustainable development. 




Reference documents

The event flyer is available below.