A UN conference to adopt an agenda for action on water

From Switzerland to New York City, a warning for a concerted and effective management of transboundary waters as an instrument of peace

Blue Pace: Swiss Christian Frutiger's speech at the 2023 United Nations Water Conference in New York
Speech by Christian Frutiger, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, at the United Nations Conference on Water on 23 March 2023 in New York

The United Nations Conference on Water, held in New York from 22 to 24 March, led to the elaboration of an agenda for action.
This result should help speed up progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 6 of the 2030 Agenda, namely ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The Swiss delegation stressed in particular the importance of concerted and effective management of transboundary waters so that this vital resource can be an instrument of peace and cooperation.

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“Blue Peace” can combine water diplomacy and development cooperation

Indeed, the United Nations Conference on Water led to the elaboration of an action agenda made up of voluntary commitments, five of which were undertaken by Switzerland.
Specifically, these are his "Blue Peace" initiative, which combines water diplomacy and development cooperation, and his support for the United Nations Fund for Sanitation and Hygiene as well as for UNESCO concerns the management of transboundary waters.
This global event has also made it possible to focus political attention on water problems.
During the international conference, the Swiss delegation, made up of employees from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and representatives of the Swiss Water Partnership, shared their experience, above all at the cross-border management of this resource, a theme also at the center of the "Blue Peace" initiative.

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Blue Pace: Swiss Christian Frutiger's speech at the 2023 United Nations Water Conference in New York
Speech by Christian Frutiger, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, at the United Nations Conference on Water on 23 March 2023 in New York

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Switzerland, which shares six rivers and four lakes with neighboring countries, co-chaired, together with Senegal, the fourth of five interactive dialogues on this crucial topic aimed at making water an instrument of peace and cooperation.
“It is only by making agreements with our neighbors, creating common institutions and involving all interested parties in these exchanges that we will be able to tackle water-related challenges and thus build a prosperous and serene future for future generations”, emphasized the Deputy Director of the SDC, Christian Frutiger.

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The issue of water was also the focus of an informal meeting of the Security Council convened and co-chaired by Switzerland and Mozambique, during which essential water infrastructure and services for the civilian population in the context of armed conflicts were discussed.
On this occasion, Christian Frutiger clearly reaffirmed that international humanitarian law and the resolutions adopted by the Security Council on access to water must be strictly respected “everywhere and without exception”.
The protection of the civilian population is one of the four priorities that Switzerland has set itself for its two-year mandate (2023-2024) in this United Nations body.

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