The Water and Peace conference will be postponed to September 2020. Check back to this webpage for future announcements. Find the official statement from our President below.

GWA’s 2020 Conference on Water & Peace at Drexel University


Promoting Security through Equitable Policy, Governance and Technology

Join Global Water Alliance, Drexel Peace Engineering and the Water Center at Penn for the 2020 Conference on Water & Peace in FALL 2020. 

All people and every ecology share a stake in the proper management of water to safeguard supply quality, fair access, and peace. A history of water use without proper planning and stakeholder involvement has led to global conflict and inequity, especially in regions of water scarcity, drought, natural disaster, pollution, or social/political turmoil. This conference will convene local, national, and international water professionals and researchers/students to discuss “water, sanitation, and hygiene” (WASH) strategies and governance for security, sustainability, and resiliency with an eye to peace norms and ethics. This will include identifying the key elements of a modern water management toolkit and preparing for the 2021 World Water Forum in Senegal with guest speakers and panelists from all over the world.



Date: TBD, September 2020

Time: TBD

Location: Philadelphia, Drexel University, Behrakis Hall


Conference Objectives

  1.         Learn about approaches for managing water conflict and promoting peace through case studies highlighting the role of policy, governance, data and/or technology.
  2.         Begin developing modern "Toolkit" for management of water towards peace and equity for all key stakeholders ( professionals, politicians, communities, companies, consumers, farmers,  etc.) including governance elements and data characteristics.
  3.         Begin preparations for involvement in the 2021 World Water Forum in Senegal


Hotel Accommodation Options

The Study at University City

20 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Getting to Behrakis Hall: ~5 min. walk

Ask for a visitor rate when booking and receive 10% off the best available rate.

Sonesta Rittenhouse Square

1800 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Getting to Behrakis Hall: ~12-15 minutes by car or transit

Contact one of our conference coordinators for a link to a discounted rate.


Official 2021 World Water Forum (WWF) Preparatory Event

The International Steering Committee (ISC) recognizes GWA's Water & Peace Conference as a preparatory event for the World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.

Keynote Speakers

Clive LipchinDirector of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at Israel's Arava Institute of Environmental Studies

Scott Moore, Director of China Programs in Office of Provost at University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow at Penn Water Center

Shanna McClain, Program Lead of Risk Reduction and Resilience at NASA's Earth Science Division


Thank you to our sponsors....

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Conference Agenda