Women in Water Diplomacy Network 2023 Year-in-Review Online Event

December 11, 2023 8:00 am — 9:30 am
Webinar Only

The Women in Water Diplomacy Network’s 2023 Year in Review online event has been organized in cooperation with a large number of partners including the Stockholm International Water Institute, the Environmental Law Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Central Asia Regional Environmental Centre, the International Joint Commission, the International Boundary and Waters Commission, the Organization for American States, the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission, the Orange-Senqu Water Commission, the Zambezi Water Commission, the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Network, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center and Udall Institute, and Audubon. Support for this activity has been provided through the SIWI hosted Shared Waters Partnership Programme with the support of the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, the United States Department of State, the Government of the Netherlands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the United Nations Development Program.

The Women in Water Diplomacy Network is a community of practice comprised of both formal and informal women decision-makers and experts, representing a wealth of collective experience and expertise in transboundary water management and decision-making engaged in some of the most water insecure regions of the world. Originating in the Nile Basin in 2017, the Network is now a global community of women water leaders (and male champions supporting gender equality) working collectively to strengthen women’s leadership in transboundary water decision making with support from a global coalition of partners and members in basins across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In 2023, the Women in Water Diplomacy Network achieved numerous important milestones building on the launch of the Network’s Global Strategy including advancing regional dialogues, growing our collective knowledge through experience exchange, and elevating women water diplomats voices and perspectives at major international dialogue events including the UN Water Conference. The 2023 Year in Review online event will serve to collectively reflect on the 2023 milestones and gear up for exciting engagements in 2024 including the Second Global Network Forum taking place in early 2024!

This year the event will include updates from Networks in the Nile Basin, Central Asia-Afghanistan, the Orange-Senqu and North America. In addition participants will hear important information on how to participate in the Second Global Network Forum scheduled to take place March 4-8, 2024 in Vienna, Austria.

13:45-14:00 Virtual Coffee Break: As always - before the online meeting officially starts, the online meeting space will be opened early for Members of the Women in Water Diplomacy to check their online connections and have informal discussions before the official start time. Please join us!
14:00 - 14:35 Welcome to the 2023 Year in Review Event!
Kerry Schneider
, Women in Water Diplomacy Network Process Support Team, Stockholm International Water Institute
2023 Engagement Highlights from Across the Growing Global Network including updates from Members in the Nile Basin, Central Asia and Afghanistan, Orange-Senqu Basin, and North America.
14:35-14:55 What to expect in 2024 and how to apply to join the Second Global Network Forum!
Elizabeth A. Koch
, Women in Water Diplomacy Network Process Support Team Lead, Senior Manager, Environmental Law Institute

Plenary Interaction:
What is one thing that has stuck with you this year from your engagement with the Network? What new knowledge or skill will you remember or use in a week, a month, a year?

Participants will take a moment to reflect, sharing thoughts in the chat and to the group.
Facilitated by: Sogol Jafarzedeh, Process Support Team

15:20-15:22 Group Screenshot/Picture: No meeting is complete without one!
15:23 - 15:30 Closing Reflection
By Dr Muna Musnad, Women in Water Diplomacy Leadership Council

Please complete the Exit Poll before departing. We will keep the online space open until 16:00 for any ongoing conversations!


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