Gender is an important part of negotiations on water and mediation

Publication date: 21 September 2019

23-25 September, 2019 in Almaty (Kazakhstan) the “Regional training on water diplomacy with a special emphasis on negotiation skills and mediation with taking into account gender factors” will be held. The event is hosted by the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna (OSCE), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The training will be held for participants of the 10th Anniversary Central Asian Leadership Program (CALP) on Environment for Sustainable Development. 

The main objective of the OSCE training course is increasing the capacity of leaders and water specialists of Central Asia in water management and water diplomacy, taking into account gender factors. 

Key modules of the training course will include:

• Introduction to the concept of water diplomacy and cooperation;

• Introduction to methods and tools of water diplomacy;

• International water law: promoting cross-border cooperation with a gender perspective;

• The role of multi-level water resources management in the world order: examples of countries affected by the conflict;

• Gender mainstreaming in benefit-sharing and regional integration approaches;

• Options for implementing gender policies and strategies; as well as

• Learning from other experiences: case studies and lessons learned. 

The OSCE training course is an integral part of the project “Women, Water Management and Conflict Prevention - Phase II”, which follows the “Regional Training Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming and Conflict Resolution in Water Resources Management”, successfully held in Almaty in 2015. 

The training will be moderated by international experts and trainers from the International Center for Water Cooperation (under the auspices of UNESCO) / Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Elizabeth Yaari and Kerry Schneider, experts from the OSCE Secretariat Sogol Jafarzadeh and Giulia Sechi, CAREC Water Initiative Support Program staff and alumni of previous regional training courses on gender mainstreaming in water management.

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