Déjeuner de philanthropie: Water as a Public Good: Room for Philanthropy

The Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is delighted to invite you to the Philanthropy Lunch:


"Water as a Public Good: Room for Philanthropy"

Wednesday 11 December 2019

12:00 – 2:00pm - Uni Dufour, room 260

Doors open at 11:45 am

RSVP online before Wednesday 4 December 2019


Water is a public good which manifests a variety of dimensions. It is an environmental, economic, social and cultural good that must be managed and protected accordingly. States, international organizations, the private sector, associations, foundations and local communities all have a role to play to protect water in times of peace as well as during and after armed conflicts. The role of non-state actors is often neglected in the management of water resources. However, codes of conduct and ethical standards, as well as commitments made in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, highlight the contribution that non-state actors must make.

This event will address the role of water as a source of cooperation and inclusiveness at the domestic and international levels. How can the private sector, associations and foundations contribute to the governance of water resources? How can public-private partnership such as the UN Global Compact strengthen water protection? Can the private sector play a role as peacebuilder after an armed conflict? These and other questions will be tackled.




Doors open – 11:45 am

A light lunch will be offered

Welcome – 12:00 pm

Prof. Henry Peter, Head, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Panel – 12:05pm

Moderated by Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva and Geneva Water Hub; Member of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace

Dr Mara Tignino, Lead Legal Specialist, Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub; Reader, Faculty of Law and Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva

Dr Danilo Türk, Chairman of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace and former President of Republic of Slovenia

Cédric Lecamp, Senior Investment Manager – Thematic Equities, Pictet-Water fund

Q&A – 1:10pm

Conclusion – 1 :40pm

Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes

Update on the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy – 1:45pm

Letitia Gill, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Networking – 1:50pm


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