IWT provides framework for resolving disputes on water use: UN official
UNITED NATIONS: The 1960 Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan has survived disputes between the two countries and provided a framework for resolving disagreements over water use, a top UN official has said.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, addressing the High-Level Panel on Water Diplomacy in Stockholm yesterday, said that water can represent a source of cooperation, shared growth and mutual support.
She, however, warned that getting caught up in water-war rhetoric will be a mistake for the international community.
When we examine history, we see that cooperation over water can prevail over conflict over water. Through water diplomacy, sometimes known as hydrodiplomacy’, neighbouring states can be reminded of the benefits of cooperating around water resources, she said, adding that water, if fairly shared, can become a confidence-building measure.
Such confidence-building measures are urgently needed in many of the current conflict areas, Mohammed said.
The 1960 Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan has survived disputes between the two countries, providing a framework for resolving disagreements over water use.