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With up to 23 held a "Regional Training on water diplomacy with emphasis on negotiation and mediation skills from a gender perspective," September 25, 2019 in Almaty (Kazakhstan). The organizers meropryaitiya vystupiliSekretariat the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna (OSCE), the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Regionalnyyekologichesky tsentrTsentralnoy Asia (CAREC), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

The training was held for the participants of the 10th Anniversary of the Central Asian Leadership Program on Environment Protection for Sustainable Development.

The main objectives of the three-day training:

  • Assist in the creation of Community of Practice of young leaders in the field of water resources in Central Asia and Afghanistan, strengthen the capacity of the participants and help build professional relationships;
  • Help promote a more inclusive decision-making and the role of women in the regional management of water resources;
  • Strengthen political dialogue and sotrudnichestvomezhdu key regional players in the field of water resources management;
  • Create opportunities to promote dialogue and joint actions by creating new perspectives and innovative ideas developed through an inclusive decision-making.

The speakers of the training vystupilimezhdunarodnye experts of the OSCE Secretariat Sogol Zafarzade and Julia Sich, coaches from the International Center for Water Cooperation (under the auspices of UNESCO) / Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Elizabeth Yaari and Carrie Schneider and the staff of Water Initiatives Support Program CAREC and graduates of previous regional training courses on gender mainstreaming in water management.

As speakers noted, the potential at the end of the training may be the introduction or expansion of dialogue in informal settings, gain understanding of overall risks and benefits, the promotion of a regional vision of water issues.

Training is conducted on water diplomacy from a gender perspective. Since water management and resolution of conflicts must be addressed comprehensively. Accordingly, participation and conflict prevention and comprehensive security in Central Asia through increased participation of women can lead to positive results. As noted by the participants, this training has allowed them to expand their knowledge and skills for international negotiations and mediation, to find out more information about the Water Diplomacy and gender peculiarities of doing work in the problems of the Water and gain some experience working diplomat.

It is worth noting that such events were held in the past. This training is an integral part of the project "Women, water management and conflict prevention - Phase II of", which takes place after the "regional training workshops on gender mainstreaming and conflict resolution in water resources management" was successfully held in 2015 in Almaty. In addition, a takzhekurs training for professional women in the field of water resources in Central Asia, which was held in the same year in Copenhagen, which resulted in an annual mentoring program was launched.

.In the framework of the Regional Training on water diplomacy with a gender perspective in 2019 were the presentations of experts from the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Vienna). Also during the two days, participants and speakers to model a situation and practiced the skills of negotiation within the role-playing game for the settlement of disputes on water diplomacy. At the end of the training course the participants received certificates confirming their active participation in the "Regional Training on water diplomacy with emphasis on negotiation and mediation skills from a gender perspective."