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Is water the new oil? Economic, security and ethics dilemmas in a warmer world

Most of us take for granted access to drinking water. However, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), estimates that 4.8 billion people – more than half the world’s population – and approximately half of global grain production will be at risk due to water stress by 2050.

Should we transform water into a commodity such as oil? 

Meeting point: Entrance Avenue d'Auderghem 193, in front of the bus stop 36 Jean Hap.

Pre-Reading: 

  1. Water Security: Experts Propose a UN Definition (UN University, 26/03/2013)
  2. Multiple Ways of Assessing Threats to Water: Supply-Side and Demand-Side Problems (FewResources.org)
  3. The Politics of Drinking Water (The Atlantic, 30/12/2014)
  4. The Need for Fresh Water Economics (World Economic Forum, 2011)
  5. Where will the world’s water conflicts erupt? (Popular Science, 13/06/2014)
  6. Hydro-hegemony – a framework for analysis of transboundary water conflicts (Water Policy 8 (2006) 435–460)
  7. Disputes Over Water Resources: A History of Conflict and Cooperation in Drainage Basins (Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 18: No. 2, Article 5)
  8. South Asia’s hydro-politics (The Economist, 29/11/2014)
  9. China’s Hydro-Hegemony (New York Times 07/02/2013)
  10. Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria (The Guardian, 02/07/2014)
  11. China shifts power balance in the Nile river basin (China Dialogue 04/07/2013)
  12. Europe threatened by greater water risks: OECD report (Euractiv 03/09/2013)
  13. How on earth are two of the most water-rich nations having H2O crises? (Fortune Magazine 06/04/2015)
  14. Water in the post-2015 Development Agenda (UN Water).
WHEN
July 16, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm
WHERE
Jean-Felix Hap Garden
Avenue d'Auderghem 193
Brussels 1040
Belgium
Google map and directions

Will you come?