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Arria-Formula meeting on Water peace and security.
26 Oct 2018 -  A high level of water stress can affect economic development and food security. It puts water- related ecosystems under threat and can increase competition and potential conflict among users and result in displacement and migration. More than 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress, and levels of water stress are likely to increase. The effects of climate change on water could increase, resulting in more frequent and severe extreme events and disasters such as droughts and floods.
Water is seldom the only driver of conflict, but is often among the important contributing factors. This calls for strengthened global monitoring of developments relating to water quantity and quality and strengthened water diplomacy, as it represents a major contribution to maintaining international peace and security.
This Arria-formula meeting serves to further explore ways for the UN system to implement the abovementioned mandates, for the UN Security Council to be provided with information on risk assessments related to climate change and water stress, and for the Council to make timely and informed decisions to ensure root causes of conflict, including water related security risks, are addressed.
Organized by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Cote d’Ivoire, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and Italy.