Building peace in the minds of men and women

UNITAR online course on Water Diplomacy

This online course from 21 October to 17 November will help raise participants’ awareness on the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and the need for adequate diplomatic solutions to foster cooperation around the management of water. It is delivered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in cooperation with, and based on material developed by UNESCO’s From Potential Conflict to Potential Cooperation (PCCP) programme, Oregon State University and the University of East Anglia. Registration is open until 18 October.

The course will provide knowledge resources, circumstantial experiences, and a cadre of tools to a variety of stakeholders towards enhancing their skills with aim to assess, prevent, and respond to the tensions arising from extreme situations of water scarcity and mismanagement worldwide. Such negotiation- and mediation-oriented experiences will be relevant to the great water pressures of our time and will serve to increase both short and longer term cooperation around water through shared benefits, inclusive multi-stakeholder agreements, and sustainable transboundary institution building.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe major contemporary stressors influencing freshwater availability and their impact on achieving national security goals;
  • Understand water's potential for conflict and identify some of the world’s main water "hotspots";
  • Recognize water’s cooperation potential and the benefits to be drawn from collaborative transboundary water management between state actors;
  • Apprehend how diplomatic methods based on dialogue may be used to encourage mutually-beneficial problem-to-solution processes;
  • Comprehend the importance and structure of transnational water management institutions in their role to consolidate and sustain the benefits of cooperation around water.

More information

To register

UNESCO contact: l.salame(at)

UNITAR contact: mdp-elearning(at)