Abu Dhabi Dialogue: 2006

Origins of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue: The name of the dialogue derives from the ‘First International Conference on Southern Asia Water Cooperation’ that was held in Abu Dhabi in September 2006, and hosted by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) with the support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The conference resulted in several recommendations for sustained dialogue, including: 1) a focus on the rising rivers in the Greater Himalayas, and 2) facilitation by the World Bank. Conference participants (e.g., representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan) formed the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group (ADDG). They subsequently established the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) as an informal consultative process and planned for the 2nd Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD2).