Joint initiative on water and peace for UNESCO-IHE and UPEACE

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (based in Delft, the Netherlands) and the UN-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE, based in Costa Rica) have decided to combine their expertise and knowledge on water and conflict resolution by establishing a joint initiative on the topic of Water and Peace. This unique cooperation is meant to trigger complementary research and education in a field which deserves attention now more than ever.

MoU_SigningTwo globally renowned experts in the field will be appointed by both institutes to lead the development of a complementary research agenda on water and peace, the exchange of teachers in relevant postgraduate programmes and joint supervision of research students (postgraduate and doctoral) on projects of mutual interest. A joint lecture series will allow for further integration of the specializations of UNESCO-IHE (water) and UPEACE (conflict resolution), from which students of both institutions would benefit.


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A Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions was signed on 10 February 2011 in Delft. This is an outcome of the colloquium on the right to water and water rights in a changing world, organized on 22 September 2010 in Delft by the Netherlands IHP Committee, UNESCO-IHE, CPWC and other partners.