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Ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

29 September - 01 October 2021
A hybrid session organized from the Palais des Nations (room XVIII) Geneva Switzerland

The ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Government of Estonia.  This meeting will be a milestone for reviewing and accelerating progress towards achieving SDG target 6.5, discussing challenges and good practices related to transboundary water cooperation and the role of the Convention.

Expected participation:  

More than 500 representatives of Ministries responsible for water, environment, foreign affairs and development cooperation - from both Parties and non-Parties to the Convention - together with representatives of joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations and academia from all regions of the world are expected to attend.

Objectives of the meeting: 

The high-level segment, scheduled on 29 September, will focus on “Water and Peace” – see below  for more information.

The meeting will consider different aspects of transboundary water cooperation that have been addressed in the Convention’s programme of work for 2019-2021, such as the development of agreements in shared basins; equitable and sustainable water allocation in a transboundary context; benefits of transboundary cooperation; water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus; monitoring, assessment and data-sharing; climate change adaptation and the financing of transboundary water cooperation

Progress in implementing the Water Convention and transboundary water cooperation more broadly will also be reviewed, notably by launching the second report on the implementation of the Water Convention, and by discussing the outcomes of the second reporting exercise on SDG indicator 6.5.2.
The meeting will feature the launch of five new publications to support transboundary water cooperation:  

  • The Checklist on the development of agreements or other arrangements for transboundary water cooperation; 
  • The Handbook on water allocation in a transboundary context;
  • The publication “Financing and funding transboundary water cooperation and basin development”;
  • The publication “Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: a synthesis of experiences in transboundary basins”; and
  • The publication “The second progress report on the Water Convention“ 


Finally, the meeting will adopt the Convention’s programme of work for 2022-2024.

Side events:
Side events will be organized prior to the meeting, further details are available below.

 

Item 1 - Opening of the session and adoption of the agenda

12250 _ ECE/MP.WAT/62 - Annotated provisional agenda _ 357980 _ English _ 773 _ 332681 _ pdf
12250 _ ECE/MP.WAT/62 - Annotated provisional agenda _ 357980 _ French _ 780 _ 332682 _ pdf
12250 _ ECE/MP.WAT/62 - Annotated provisional agenda _ 357980 _ Russian _ 864 _ 332683 _ pdf

High-level segment on “Water and Peace”

Objective of the special session on “Water and Peace”
The special session will provide an opportunity to highlight and discuss the role of transboundary water cooperation in fostering trust, stability and peace. It will offer a high-level platform for an open dialogue on the role of water in sustainable development, regional integration, cooperation and peace in transboundary basins and beyond.

It will present concrete experiences of Parties to the Water Convention and other countries and basins that will illustrate how transboundary water cooperation helps to prevent conflicts and promote and sustain peace. It will reflect on how accession to the Convention and its implementation can contribute to peace, and how to make best use of the Convention.

On the basis of the findings of the second reporting exercise on indicator 6.5.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the session will also debate how to accelerate progress to tackle persisting challenges in transboundary water cooperation to achieve SDG 6, on water, and SDG 16, on peace, and in particular target 6.5 of the SDGs, on the implementation of integrated water resources management, including through transboundary cooperation, in line with the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework.

Format of the special session
The special session will be organized as a combination of discussions in the form of moderated thematic panels and high-level contributions from the floor.
It will consist of two thematic parts:

Part 1: Transboundary water cooperation: a catalyst for peace (11:00-13:00 CET)

  • Panel 1: Transboundary water cooperation as a key for regional peace and stability
  • Panel 2: The role of the Water Convention in fostering peace

Part 2: Accelerating progress on transboundary water cooperation to achieve sustainable development (15:00-16:00 CET)

  • High-level intervention on the Efforts to accelerate achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6
  • High-level intervention on the Progress on transboundary water cooperation (SDG indicator 6.5.2 reporting)
  • Panel 3: Accelerating progress on transboundary water cooperation

A provisional programme will soon be made available with further details on the themes and speakers.

How to prepare
Interventions from the floor should not exceed 3 minutes. In order to facilitate the running of the special session, delegations planning to make a high-level statement are invited to inform the secretariat (water.convention@un.org) by 10 September 2021

Concept note of the high-level segment available here in ENG, FRE, RUS and SPA

Item 4 - Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation

14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/2 - Report on the implementation of the programme of work for 2019–2021 - advance copy _ 358465 _ English _ 773 _ 331888 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/3 - Draft programme of work for 2022–2024 - advance copy _ 358531 _ English _ 773 _ 331965 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/7 - Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2019–2021 - advance copy _ 358533 _ English _ 773 _ 331966 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1 - Programme of work for 2019–2021 _ 352546 _ English _ 773 _ 319499 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1 - Programme of work for 2019–2021 _ 352546 _ French _ 780 _ 319503 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1 - Programme of work for 2019–2021 _ 352546 _ Russian _ 864 _ 319504 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1 - Programme of work for 2019–2021 _ 352546 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 322307 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/2 - Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fourteenth meeting _ 358544 _ English _ 773 _ 331990 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/2 - Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fourteenth meeting _ 358544 _ French _ 780 _ 331991 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/2 - Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fourteenth meeting _ 358544 _ Russian _ 864 _ 331992 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/2 - Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fifteenth meeting _ 352548 _ English _ 773 _ 325226 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/2 - Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fifteenth meeting _ 352548 _ French _ 780 _ 325227 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/2 - Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fifteenth meeting _ 352548 _ Russian _ 864 _ 325228 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ English _ 773 _ 319524 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ French _ 780 _ 319526 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ Russian _ 864 _ 319527 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 320182 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1 - The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention _ 358586 _ English _ 773 _ 332120 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1 - The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention _ 358586 _ French _ 780 _ 332121 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1 - The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention _ 358586 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 332122 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1 - The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention _ 358586 _ Arabic _ 737 _ 332123 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/52 - The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges _ 358587 _ English _ 773 _ 332124 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/52 - The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges _ 358587 _ French _ 780 _ 332125 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/52 - The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges _ 358587 _ Russian _ 864 _ 332130 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/52 - The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges _ 358587 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 332129 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/52 - The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges _ 358587 _ Arabic _ 737 _ 332128 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2019/2 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its tenth meeting _ 358547 _ English _ 773 _ 331995 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2019/2 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its tenth meeting _ 358547 _ French _ 780 _ 331996 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2019/2 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its tenth meeting _ 358547 _ Russian _ 864 _ 331997 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2020/2 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its eleventh meeting _ 352557 _ English _ 773 _ 319515 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2020/2 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its eleventh meeting _ 352557 _ French _ 780 _ 319516 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2020/2 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its eleventh meeting _ 352557 _ Russian _ 864 _ 319517 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2021/1 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its twelfth meeting _ 354201 _ English _ 773 _ 327659 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2021/1 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its twelfth meeting _ 354201 _ French _ 780 _ 327660 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2021/1 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its twelfth meeting _ 354201 _ Russian _ 864 _ 327661 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2021/3 - Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirteenth meeting - advance copy _ 358630 _ English _ 773 _ 332342 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2 - Decision VI/1 on support to implementation and compliance _ 358549 _ English _ 773 _ 331999 _ PDF
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2 - Decision VI/1 on support to implementation and compliance _ 358549 _ French _ 780 _ 332000 _ pdf
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2 - Decision VI/1 on support to implementation and compliance _ 358549 _ Russian _ 864 _ 332001 _ PDF
14217 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.5 - List of candidates for the Implementation Committee _ 358657 _ English _ 773 _ 332395 _ pdf

Item 5 - Supporting monitoring, assessment and information sharing in transboundary basins

14999 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2 - Report of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on its fifteenth meeting _ 352555 _ English _ 773 _ 319511 _ pdf
14999 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2 - Report of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on its fifteenth meeting _ 352555 _ French _ 780 _ 319512 _ pdf
14999 _ ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2 - Report of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on its fifteenth meeting _ 352555 _ Russian _ 864 _ 319513 _ pdf

Item 8 - Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins

Item 10 - Reporting under the Convention and on indicator 6.5.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals

14818 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/6 - Draft decision on reporting - advance copy _ 358469 _ English _ 773 _ 331892 _ pdf

Item 11 - Financing of the Convention

14338 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/7 - Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2019–2021 - advance copy _ 358533 _ English _ 773 _ 331966 _ pdf

Item 13 - Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins

Item 15 - Formalizing the procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties

Item 16 - Date and venue of the tenth session of the Meeting of the Parties

15205 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.6 - Overview of proposals to host the tenth session of the Meeting of the Parties _ 358689 _ English _ 773 _ 332472 _ pdf
15205 _ Proposal of Slovenia - Letter and template _ 358690 _ English _ 773 _ 332473 _ pdf

Item 17 - International Water Assessment Centre

14815 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021 _ 352568 _ English _ 773 _ 319550 _ pdf
14815 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021 _ 352568 _ French _ 780 _ 319551 _ pdf
14815 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021 _ 352568 _ Russian _ 864 _ 319552 _ pdf
14815 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021 _ 352568 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 320189 _ pdf

Item 18 - Programme of work for 2022–2024, terms of reference of the bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation

15036 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/3 - Draft programme of work for 2022–2024 - advance copy _ 358531 _ English _ 773 _ 331965 _ pdf
15036 _ ECE/MP.WAT/2021/7 - Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2019–2021 - advance copy _ 358533 _ English _ 773 _ 331966 _ pdf

Item 19 - Promotion and partnerships

14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ English _ 773 _ 319524 _ pdf
14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ French _ 780 _ 319526 _ pdf
14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ Russian _ 864 _ 319527 _ pdf
14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2 - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level _ 352560 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 320182 _ pdf
14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2 - Decision VII/4 on cooperation with partners for the implementation of the Convention _ 358540 _ English _ 773 _ 331979 _ pdf
14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2 - Decision VII/4 on cooperation with partners for the implementation of the Convention _ 358540 _ French _ 780 _ 331980 _ pdf
14897 _ ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2 - Decision VII/4 on cooperation with partners for the implementation of the Convention _ 358540 _ Russian _ 864 _ 331981 _ pdf

Implementation Committee

At its ninth session, the Meeting of the Parties will consider the composition of its Implementation Committee.

The relevant procedure is set out in Decision VI/1 (ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2, ENG/FRE/RUS), adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its sixth session in 2012. Accordingly, nominations for Implementation Committee members should be sent to the secretariat at water.convention@un.org by Parties only no later than 7 July 2021 i.e. 12 weeks before the opening of the ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties during which the election is to take place. 

Each nomination should be accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the candidate (not exceeding 600 words) and may include supporting material. The secretariat will distribute the nominations and the curricula vitae with the supporting material, if any, as soon as they become available.
More information can be found in the attached note (ENG/FRE/RUS).

The following candidatures have been received by the Water Convention secretariat

Name of candidate
Proposing Party
CV and supporting material

Mr. Attila Tanzi

Italy

CV in English, in French
 

Mr. Makane Mbengue
 

Senegal

CV in French

Ms. Jovanka Ignjatovic

Serbia
 

CV in English

Ms. Dinara Ziganshina

Uzbekistan

CV in English, in Russian

     

Information on the role and responsibilities of the Implementation Committee can be found here.

 

Registration

Registration:
Governments are invited to nominate representatives to participate in the meeting. The nominated representatives need to register by 10 September 2021, using the following link.

To register, please kindly follow these steps:
Step 1: Create an account in Indico (tutorial)
Once you have created your account, you can register for the event.
Step 2: Register for the meeting in Indico (tutorial)
Please indicate whether you intend to participate remotely or in-person.

Participation in the meeting is subject to the approval of the registration by the Secretariat.

Credentials

All Parties to the Convention must submit their credentials to the Secretariat. Credentials, which are normally issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, should indicate the composition of the delegation, including the Head of Delegation ,and should state that the respective delegation is empowered to participate in the meeting and take decisions on behalf of the respective Government, following the applicable rules of procedure. The credentials should list all official representatives whether they intend to participate in-person or online/remotely. Please find an example of credentials here.

Parties are requested to send a scanned copy of their credentials by 10 September 2021 to the Secretariat by e-mail (water.convention@un.org), with a copy to the Permanent Mission. Originals of credentials should be presented to the Secretariat before the start of the ninth session.

This may be done in-person upon arrival to Geneva or by sending the credentials by post (to Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention, UNECE ,Environment Division, Palais des Nations, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland). If the credentials are sent by post, delegations are requested to send them sufficiently in advance to enable their receipt by the Secretariat ahead of the meeting.

Parties are encouraged to include representatives of their Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva in their delegations, so that in-person participation by such representatives can serve as a back-up in case of any technical problems faced by remote participants. In this case, representatives of Permanent Mission should be included in the credentials.

Non-Parties do not need to submit credentials.

Practical Guide for Participants

Please refer to the practical guide for participants for more information on registration, credentials, virtual and in-person participation to the meeting, accessibility to the venue.

15232 _ Practical Guide for Participants _ 358712 _ English _ 773 _ 332514 _ pdf
15232 _ Practical Guide for Participants _ 358712 _ French _ 780 _ 332515 _ pdf
15232 _ Practical Guide for Participants _ 358712 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 332516 _ pdf
15232 _ Practical Guide for Participants _ 358712 _ Russian _ 864 _ 332517 _ pdf

Side events

Several side events on key issues will take place on 27-28 September 2021, ahead of the Meeting of the Parties. The side events will be fully virtual and offer spaces for interactive discussions on relevant topics. Registration is required via the respective links.
Side event 1: Women, Water and Peace
  • Date and time: Tuesday, 28 September, 14:00-15:30 (CET)
  • Organizer: Geneva Water Hub and Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean
  • Short description: The side event aims to highlight the value of female empowerment for promoting transboundary water cooperation. The event will engage female and male representatives of governments as well as regional and international organizations.
  • Registration link: https://bit.ly/3rGFW8q
Side event 2: Accelerating the development of bankable projects for climate change adaptation in transboundary basins 
  • Date: Tuesday, 28 September, 16:00-17:30 (CET)
  • Organizer: International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)
  • Short description: This side event aims to present how governments, basin organizations and donors can accelerate the incubation, financing and implementation of projects of adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins.
  • Registration link: https://bit.ly/2V5tsL6