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Launch of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD): 2010

NPD Chair and strategic partners: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Water Agency (Ministry of Emergency Situations), Ministry of Health

Donors: European Union through the EUWI+ programme and previous EUWI phases

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNECE signed: 2010 (in English)

Current priority areas for UNECE support under the EUWI+ programme until 2020

  • Finalisation of the National Water Strategy (led by the OECD)
  • Finalisation of the Kura Agreement with Georgia and certain aspects of its implementation
  • Support to finalisation and adoption of the draft national targets under the Protocol on Water and Health and to reporting under the Protocol
  • Support to the implementation of the Water Convention
  • Support to elaboration of a methodology for calculation of the environmental flow requirements

Key achievements

  • The National Water Strategy has been drafted. It will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval in 2019.
  • In August 2018, the first set of the national targets under the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health was adopted by a Joint Decree of the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Minister of Health.
  • Bilateral consultations between Azerbaijan and Georgia on the draft co-operation agreement on the Kura river basin were organized with the support of UNECE in Tbilisi (5 October 2017).
  • Developments in negotiating a bilateral agreement with Georgia on the joint management of the transboundary Kura river basin have been reported and discussed at the NPD Steering Committee meetings (last NPD meeting: July 2018).
  • A pilot project was completed for testing the approach of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the transboundary Alazani river basin, which is shared by Azerbaijan and Georgia.
  • A benchmarking study on water utilities has strengthened the capacity of Azeri authorities to monitor the performance of the water supply and sanitation sector. This already contributes to improved policy making in the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) sector.


The 9th meeting of the Steering Committee (29 April 2021)

The 8th NPD Steering Committee (12 July 2019)

Consultation Meeting/workshop on the Protocol on Water and Health and equitable access to water and sanitation (5 July 2018)

The 7th NPD Steering Committee (4 July 2018)

The 6th NPD Steering Committee (26 April 2017)

The 5th NPD Steering Committee (25 February 2016)

The 4th NPD Steering Committee meeting (27 February 2015)

The 3rd NPD Steering Committee meeting (23 January 2014)

The 2nd NPD Steering Committee meeting (7-8 June 2012)

Expert Group meeting under the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue in Azerbaijan (29 November 2011)

EU Water Initiative Working Group Meeting (16 - 17 July 2011)

The 1st NPD Steering Committee meeting (12 October 2010)

Last update date: September 28, 2021