Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge


13 April 2017 | New York, NY

Pace University


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Water is essential to life. An age of unprecedented planetary change demands new strategies to manage this substance upon which nature, nations and neighborhoods depend. Building on our past two conferences focused on the subject of resilience, Water Cooperation and Conflict will convene experts and practitioners from the public, academic and private sectors to discuss collaborative problem-solving strategies for the protection and sharing of water resources, ranging from transboundary conflicts, to local water scarcity, to watershed management.


This one-day conference will include prominent keynote speakers and panels covering local, national and global water challenges and solutions. Please check back for more details to be posted in the coming months.




Organizer: Pace University Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment


When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 8 am - 5pm EST



Schimmel Theater, 3 Spruce Street

Pace University, One Pace Plaza,

New York, NY 10038


Register here by 6 April 2017




Dr. Peter H. Gleick
President Emeritus and Chief Scientist, Pacific Institute


Michael Berkowitz
President, 100 Resilient Cities at the Rockefeller Foundation


John Freedman
VP Global Partnerships and Policy, GE Water & Process Technologies




The Global Challenge of Water Resilience
Though usually hidden, water is often a pivot point in national and global policy and diplomacy. Our panel of distinguished experts join Michael Berkowitz to examine the role of water in human rights, international relations, and urban resiliency. They will examine the models that have stood the test of time, and the practical and political innovations needed to protect the future.


America and Water in a New Political Era
The slow-motion water crisis emerging in the United States in many ways reflects the global water crisis. The challenges of pollution, resource depletion and inequitable distribution are still very much with us, despite decades of contemporary water law. Our expert panelists join Peter Gleick for a wide-ranging discussion about the domestic and global implications of American water policy in a new political era.


Enacting Water Resilience at the Local Scale
Decision-making at the local scale tends to be driven by state, national, and international policy, but is shaped by local cultural and environmental contexts. This panel of experts will discuss ways to develop and study resilience through local, community-engaged projects. In particular, this panel will focus on water resilience projects that create ancillary benefits for local communities. There will be notable attention to environmental justice challenges.


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For questions regarding the conference, email dcise@pace.edu.

The Third Summit on Resilience is hosted by the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.




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