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Water Convention Programme of Work for 2022-2024


Supporting transboundary water cooperation and the sustainable management of shared water resources

The Water Convention, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022, is a key legal and intergovernmental framework for promoting transboundary water cooperation and sustainable management of shared water resources that has proven its effectiveness over the past 30 years. The Convention, which became open for accession by all United Nations Member States in 2016, fosters the implementation of integrated water resources management, particularly through the basin-based approach. It is also a powerful tool to promote and operationalize the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the implementation of SDG6 and others, including SDG2, SDG3, SDG7, SDG13, SDG15, SDG16, and SDG17.

This brochure summarizes the programme of work for 2022-2024 under the Water Convention adopted by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention at its ninth session (Geneva, 29 September - 01 October 2021). The programme of work is intended to support the implementation of the Convention and its principles, with the overall objective of having transboundary waters worldwide managed in cooperation between riparian countries to promote sustainable development, peace and security.


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