Stella Thomas discusses Water Security at the 3rd World Water Forum – Istanbul, Turkey.
The Turkish Water Institute (SUEN) is based on the experience and knowledge we gathered during the organization of the 5th World Water Forum in 2009. At SUEN, we have a small, but young and energetic team, ambitious for developing new thinking, conducting research, disseminating knowledge and influencing local, regional and national policies on water. Next to policy development, research, joint projects and training, SUEN also carries out the organisation of the triennial Istanbul International Water Forum. We are pleased to announce that we will hold the 3rd Istanbul International Water Forum this year in May. This Third Forum will tackle two all-important subjects: Water Security and Legal Aspects of Water. Water security globally poses great and complex challenges to us all, as water is central for economic development, environmental well-being and human health. Food security, energy security and ecosystems all rely on water. Decisions over water should therefore recognise its crosscutting role and integrate across all three domains. Added to that, growing populations, industrialisation and unsustainable utilization of resources are all taxing our fresh water supplies. Such pressures are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. Addressing these global issues calls for interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthening international cooperation. As the upper riparian state of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin, Turkey is a hub for water diplomacy and conflict resolution. This year, the 3rd Istanbul International Water Forum will also discuss how to strengthen transboundary water cooperation and improve conflict resolution capacities.