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Tuesday , November 21 2017
Cooperation between the Global Institute for Water Environment and Health (GIWEH), and International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF)

The Global Institute for Water Environment and Health, GIWEH, based in Geneva and IEPF International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF), based in Baku- Azerbidjan. Signed an MOU which stands on the following pillars,
1. Joint efforts and participation at International events.
2. Held conferences, workshops and activities with common interests together, and
3. Develop research programs and youth leadership especially in the Middle East, Caucasian region and central Asia and give the refugees and most vulnerable regions the priority at their programs.
4. Hydrodiplomacy as a tool for peace making and cooperation in areas of dispute or conflict.

President of the (IEPF), Umud Mirzayev, with Dr. Nidal Salim, Director General of GIWEH, with professional team from both sides discussed the issues related to the expansion of mutual cooperation, joint support of initiatives in the field of peace, sustainable development in the Middle East, South Caucasus and Central Asia with more focus on the refugees, hydro diplomacy, peacemaking,   and the development agenda at vulnerable areas.

As a parallel side event, this meeting was held within the framework of Geneva Peace Week at the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG).

The IEPF’s President noted that as a result of the Karabakh conflict, numbers of water basins have been occupied and rivers have been polluted. Inappropriate using of these basins and rivers is against the rules of the international law.  Dr. Salim noted that he was acquainted with the consequences of the conflicts in the Caucasus and praised the cooperative activity to prevent negative impacts on water basins.

Dr. Salim expressed the interest of GIWEH as a member of the citizen Forum of the World Water Forum 8, which will be held in Brasil from 18-23 March 2018, to invite IEPF in order to coordinate a session related to Refugees and Human rights or transboundary water resources management.  This event is the biggest water gathering in the World, which might receive more than 40 million participants with the presence of all UN agencies and other stakeholders. He also stressed the importance of the IEPF presentation about its humanitarian activity to be demonstrated within the framework of the event. Dr. Salim talked about the importance of mutual cooperation related to the water problems in the Caucasian region and neighbouring areas as a tool to enhance peace and inclusive growth in the region.

IEPF’s President, Umud Mirzayev, stated that he believes in successful outcomes of the cooperation with GIWEH. It will help to keep the issues concerning peace, environment and sustainable development on the agenda. In the end, both organizations signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the UN Office in Geneva to investigate and deliver worldwide water protection issues and access to water resources for everyone. According to the memorandum, IEPF and GIWEH will explore the issues like the threats to the water in the Caucasus, Central Asia, the MENA region, post-soviet space and foster the cooperation to enhance peace and extend good practices to other territories where it is required.