World Water Day Webinar: 2024

This insightful webinar was organised in celebration of World Water Day. 

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam represents a turning point in the Nile Basin, both as an opportunity for the countries to come together or a wedge that drives them further apart. The initial filling of the reservoir is nearly complete, and no agreement has yet been reached between the three countries of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on how to manage the GERD along with the other dams in the basin. Therefore, a new situation has arisen that requires the countries to proactively pursue a solution before a multi-year drought occurs. This webinar provided an opportunity to hear from former negotiation participants from the three countries on what the way forward may be.


  • Raya Marina-Stephan – International Water Law Expert/Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Water International/Chair of the IWRA Water &Climate Change Task Force
  • Yilma Seleshi – Associate Professor of Hydrology, Addis Ababa University. Click here to view the presentation.
  • Mohamed S. Helal – Associate Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law. Click here to view the presentation.
  • Yasir Mohamad – Associate Professor of Water Resources Management, IHE Deflt Institute for Water Education. Click here to view the presentation. Click here to vie the presentation.
  • Ana Elisa Cascao – Consultant / Researcher in transboundary water politics

  Moderated by: Kevin Wheeler, Oxford Martin Fellow, Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, Professional Engineer, and Principal of Water Balance Consulting. 

Since 1993, the United Nations (UN) celebrates World Water Day every year on March 22nd. It is a special occasion to highlight the fundamental importance of water resources and its sustainable use around the globe. IWRA also sits on the UN Water Task Force. This year’s dedicated theme is “Water for Peace”. When we cooperate on water, we create a positive ripple effect – fostering harmony, generating prosperity and building resilience to shared challenges.

IWRA Webinars constitute an additional resource designed to help our members, academics, dedicated practitioners, and policy professionals further explore these and other timely themes engaging in fruitful discussions, also aligned with the international water agenda and in close collaboration with key partners.