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YPA DC Cafecito: The Role of Water in Peace Building in Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 6, 2018



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Join AS/COA's Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) for a cafecito to discuss how water can play a key role in enhancing peace relations throughout Latin America.  Water is one of the main shared resources between many countries in the region and its joint management and administration is crucial for the stability and tranquility of the region’s neighbors. Diana Philip, senior research manager at Strategic Foresight Group, will provide perspective on shared rivers such as La Plata and the Amazonas, and a few others where cooperation is strong and is also seen as an example for the rest of the world. Philip will also discuss the U.S.-Mexico’s complex relationship on water and Costa Rica’s stance on peace building.

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About the speaker:

Diana Philip has an LLM from Harvard Law School where she focused on international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and human rights. She has more than eight years of experience working with leading organizations across the globe including the UNICTR in Tanzania, UNICEF in India, and Independent Diplomat in New York.  She is at present the senior research manager with Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), which is a global foreign policy think tank based in India, working on multidisciplinary issue involving environment, public international law, international relations, and human rights. She has expertise in advising governments on conflict resolution and prevention issues. She has extensive experience managing projects involving water disputes between countries in politically challenging regions in the world. Philip headed the research for the Global High-Level Panel for Water and Peace (GHLP) established by the Swiss government in partnership with SFG and comprised of former Heads of States and other political elites from 15 countries around the world including Costa Rica and she is currently working on the implementation of the panel’s recommendations. She has contributed to several UN processes such as the UNSC debate on water, peace and security and is also engaged in cutting edge work to help countries achieve SDGs. Philip has worked on various publications on resource issues, conflict, and terrorism and has delivered university lectures on international law.