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The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-moon as U.N. secretary-general, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water – is getting the recognition it deserves.This has been a long time coming. Both Ban and his predecessor, Kofi Annan, have argued for some two decades that protecting and sharing natural resources, particularly water, is critical to peace and security. But it was not until last November that the issue gained widespread acknowledgement, with Senegal – that month's U.N. Security Council president – holding the U.N.'s first-ever official debate on water, peace and security.The consensus on the need to protect water resources and installations in conflict zones is clear.To pave the way for such an approach, however, the U.N. Security Council will have to declare water a "strategic resource of humanity" and adopt a resolution to protect water resources and installations, similar to Resolution 2286, adopted last May to protect medical facilities in armed conflicts.
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