Role of Science Diplomacy in Addressing Global Water Challenges

Science Diplomacy, as a practice, is gaining prominence around the world as part of the emerging multi-track diplomacy system. It functions at the intersection of ‘internationalization of science’, ‘science and technology as a foreign policy tool’ and ‘scientific evidence for global policy’. The relevance of non-state, non-diplomatic actors are constantly increasing in international engagement, particularly, towards addressing some of the pressing challenges that the world faces today.

Globally, the water crisis has been raising alarm – prolonged droughts, fluctuating agriculture patterns and associated food and energy security challenges, cities running out of water, issues related safety and accessibility of drinking-water and water-borne health problems, etc. Addressing these challenges require interventions at every possible level – ranging from appropriate policies, having access to necessary know-hows, technology transfer and absorption capacity, and, community practices and interventions. In today’s interconnected world, with a tightly-knit value chain around the globe, water-related challenges inevitably require international engagements – global challenges require global solutions!

This special session will aim to

  • gather experts and practitioners working at the crossroads of “international S&T engagement” and “addressing water challenges” at different levels – government, industry, academia and civil society
  • deliberate on the role(s) played by various stakeholder
  • facilitate a discussion towards building a holistic, sector-specific science diplomacy framework by creating strong inter-linkages among the stakeholders in different tracks

Format of the Session:

Introduction : Science Diplomacy Action Framework (Government, Industry, Academia and Community – multilateral facilitation bodies (UN water, Water Futures, etc.) – Conceptual Understanding.

Panel : Includes representation from Government/Diplomatic setup, Industry, Academic, Civil society (NGO), and Multilateral platforms. Starting with a series of lightening talk by each discussant (~5 -10 min each), followed by a dynamic, high-level, facilitated (moderated) conversations with the discussants.

Fishbowl : Open conversation with the lead discussants in which a moderator facilitates and engages different audience members to join the discussion (Q&A).

Participation :Those who are interested in participating in this discussion please send your CV and a motivation statement (couple of sentences highlighting what motivates you to attend this session) to chagunbasha@iisc.ac.in, before 15 August 2019.

We would acknowledge your expression of interest and confirm your participation by email before 20 August 2019.