In the context of cross-border cooperation on water, it is important to consider the growing importance of water in maintaining peace and political stability.
For instance, continued support to the Nile Basin Initiative and to the new CIWA (Cooperation in international Waters in Africa) is crucial to promote dialogue and continued cooperation, and to contribute to peace and security in the region.
The new EU Water Diplomacy initiative will contribute to shaping a more coherent and effective EU foreign policy engagement in conflict prevention.
This initiative was launched by EEAS, and resulted in the Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of 23/07/2013, which sets the focus on trans-boundary basins, with priority on Nile, Central Asia, Mekong and Middle East.
The EUWI political role will be reconsidered in view of the Agenda for Change and the new Water Diplomacy initiative in order to support, as foreseen, the national and international dialogues on water issues.
The thematic programme Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) will seek to strengthen the coherence of external actions and their link with other EU policy initiatives, such as the EU climate and energy policies, biodiversity, environment, water resources management, water diplomacy etc.
At continental level, the EU will continue to address this nexus through our support to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). Our support to regional infrastructures will increasingly make use of blending mechanisms to leverage more investments.