Water for peace? First, stop it becoming a weapon of war

What we really need this World Water Day is the international multilateral system to take a stand against weaponising water, writes IWMI's Alan Nicol and Lyla Mehta of the Institute of Development Studies.

Along with the breakdown of social and economic systems in war, the destruction of water systems is exacerbating water and food insecurity. In the face of these crises, the clamour for peace is understandably loud today on UN World Water Day. This year’s chosen theme is ‘Water for Peace’. But can water really bring about peace? In reality, many of today’s conflicts suggest that the denial of water is being used as a weapon of war. This must not continue.

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