The meeting of the Working Group on IWRM under the Water Convention brought together 300 participants in person and online, including government representatives from over 80 countries, to review progress of the work under the Water Convention and guide its future implementation.
We were pleased to welcome the countries which joined the community of the Parties of the Water Convention since the last meeting of the Working Group: Cameroon (acceded: 1 November 2022), Nigeria (acceded: 22 March 2023), Iraq (acceded: 24 March 2023) and Namibia (acceded: 8 June 2023) – and to hear numerous countries expressing their interest to join the Convention.
The Working Group reviewed implementation of the Water Convention programme of work for 2022–2024; discussed the main outcomes of the United Nations 2023 Water Conference (New York, 22–24 March) related to transboundary water cooperation and the Convention; reviewed progress in the Convention’s global opening and ongoing and planned future activities; examine the implementation of decisions taken by the Meeting of the Parties at its 9th session (Geneva (hybrid), 29 September–1 October 2021), and; began preparations for the 10th session of the Meeting of the Parties (Ljubljana, 23–25 October 2024).
The different sessions reflected the diverse areas of work and wide range of partners of the Convention. The thematic session on public participation facilitated a rich exchange on the importance of public participation for effective and sustainable transboundary river basin management.
Documents for the meetings, as well as presentations and statements made during the meeting are made available in the below table.
Photos available here.