The International Water Forum of Northeast Syria was held in Hasakah, North and East Syria on the 27th and 28th of September. It was sponsored by the local administration and the Environment Directorate in Jazira with the participation of the University of Rojava and the Euphrates Center for Studies. We are here republishing the speech delivered remotely by Nicholas Hildyard of The Corner House to the International Water Forum.

The text of this speech is available to download here:

Nicholas Hildyard ( works with The Corner House, a UK solidarity and mutual learning group. He has worked on environmental and human rights issues since the 1970s and was involved in the campaign against the Ilisu dam, in the Kurdish region of Turkey. He is a patron of Peace in Kurdistan. The Corner House:

Nick will also be a judge at the upcoming Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes, to be held on 28-31 October in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information about this event, see here: