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

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

HIGHLIGHTS

The 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention was organized by UNECE in cooperation with the Government of Estonia. It was 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.

A continuously growing interest in transboundary water cooperation and the Water Convention

Over 500 participants, from more than 100 countries, both Parties and non-Parties to the Convention, as well as from joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, academia and youth attended the meeting. More than 30 high-level participants (Ministers, heads of organizations and others) confirmed that transboundary water cooperation was crucial for peace and preventing conflict and often lead to benefits beyond water. Ministers from The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal signed a declaration with a commitment to establish a framework for cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin.

Confirming the Convention’s growing recognition worldwide, the Meeting welcomed recent new Parties. Several African and Latin American countries expressed interest in studying the value added of or acceding to the Convention.

A new programme of work to further strengthen water cooperation

The Meeting of the Parties reviewed progress achieved on a variety of aspects of transboundary water cooperation on which the Convention has worked in 2019-2021, including: 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; financing of transboundary water cooperation. Activities under the Convention will carry on according to the programme of work for 2022-2024 adopted by the Meeting of the Parties.

New status reports and tools to support transboundary water cooperation

The second report on the SDG indicator 6.5.2 (UNECE, UNESCO, 2021) shows that only 24 countries worldwide have all their shared waters covered by operational arrangements for water cooperation. The second report on the Water Convention proves that the Convention effectively supports cooperation.

Several challenges are still faced by countries in cooperating for the joint management of transboundary waters. The Practical guide on the development of agreements and other arrangements for transboundary cooperation helps countries in their negotiations to develop agreements. The Handbook on water allocation in a transboundary context provides methods and good practices to help share waters in an equitable and reasonable way. Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins shows how to overcome silo approaches for the benefit of all. And Funding and financing of transboundary water cooperation and basin development explains financial needs and possible financing sources to support these endeavours.

Other main decisions

The Meeting of the Parties adopted targets for a more sustainable and predictable funding of the work under the Convention, as well as a procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties.

Related press releases and coverage

Press release: Countries worldwide set the tone to further advance transboundary water cooperation at global level at Water Convention's ninth Meeting of the Parties

IISD reporting Summary report, 29 September - 1 October 2021

UN Web TV recordings

Documents

Document title ENG FRE RUS SPA ARA
HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT          
Item 1 - Opening of the session and adoption of the agenda
Annotated provisional agenda
(ECE/MP.WAT/62)
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Procedural matters of relevance for decision-making at the ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties due to the extraordinary circumstances related to the coronavirus disease pandemic
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/1)
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Organization of work
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.1)
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Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Item 2 - Status of ratification of the Convention and its Protocols and report on credentials. Progress in the global opening of the Convention
Status of ratification of the Water Convention, its Protocols and amendments
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.2)
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Status of ratification of the Water Convention, its Protocols and amendments (reissued 28 September 2021)
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.2/Rev.1)
PDF        
Item 3 - Special session - Water and peace
Concept Note - Special session "Water and Peace"
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.3)
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Programme of the high-level segment
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.4)
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GENERAL SEGMENT
Documents for all the following agenda items          
Report on the implementation of the programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/2)
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Draft programme of work for 2022–2024
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/3)
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Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/7)
PDF PDF PDF    
Programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1)
PDF PDF PDF PDF  
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fourteenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/2)
PDF PDF PDF    
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fifteenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/2)
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Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management and the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on their third joint meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2021/2-ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2021/2)
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Item 4 - Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation
Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Frequently Asked Questions on the 1992 Water Convention, with the Road map to facilitate accession processes
(ECE/MP.WAT/59)
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The United Nations global water conventions: Fostering sustainable development and peace PDF        
The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1)
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The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges
(ECE/MP.WAT/52)
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Progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention: Second report on implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, 2017–2020
(ECE/MP.WAT/67)
PDF        
Practical guide for the development of agreements or other arrangements for transboundary water cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/68)
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Principles for Effective Joint Bodies for Transboundary Water Cooperation under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
(ECE/MP.WAT/50)
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Review of the implementation of the Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/4)
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Report of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties and draft decision on general issues of implementation
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/5)
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Report of the Implementation Committee on its tenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2019/2)
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Report of the Implementation Committee on its eleventh meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2020/2)
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Report of the Implementation Committee on its twelfth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2021/1)
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Report of the Implementation Committee on its thirteenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2021/3) - advance copy
PDF        
Decision VI/1 on support to implementation and compliance
(ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2)
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List of candidates for the Implementation Committee
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.5)
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Item 5 - Supporting monitoring, assessment and information sharing in transboundary basins
Report of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on its fifteenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2)
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Item 6 - Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context
Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context
(ECE/MP.WAT/64)
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Item 8 - Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
(ECE/MP.WAT/55)
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Policy Brief: Improving sustainable development in the North-Western Sahara Aquifer System through a transboundary nexus approach
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/15)
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Reconciling resource uses: Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the North-Western Sahara Aquifer System – Part A – “Nexus Challenges and Solutions”
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/16)
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Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: a synthesis of experiences in transboundary basins
(ECE/MP.WAT/66)
PDF        
Item 9 - Facilitating financing of transboundary water cooperation
Funding and Financing of Transboundary Water Cooperation and Basin Development
(ECE/MP.WAT/61)
PDF PDF      
Item 10 - Reporting under the Convention and on indicator 6.5.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals
Summary Progress Update 2021: SDG 6 - water and sanitation for all PDF        
Draft decision on reporting
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/6)
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Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2
(ECE/MP.WAT/60)
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Progress on Transboundary Water Cooperation: global status of SDG indicator 6.5.2 and acceleration needs, 2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/65)
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Progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention: Second report on implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, 2017–2020
(ECE/MP.WAT/67)
PDF        
Item 11 - Financing of the Convention
Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/7)
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Draft decision on targets for a more sustainable and predictable funding of the work under the Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/8)
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Item 12 - Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary cooperation
Policy Guidance Note on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Identification, Assessment and Communication
(ECE/MP.WAT/47)
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Policy Brief Summary "Realizing the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin" PDF        
Policy Report Realizing the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin PDF        
Policy brief: The benefits of transboundary water cooperation in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System Basin PDF        
Item 13 - Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins
The United Nations World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change PDF PDF   PDF PDF
Draft strategy for future work on climate change adaptation in transboundary basins under the Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/2015/4)
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Words into Action Guidelines: Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation – Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation
(ECE/MP.WAT/56)
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Climate Change and Water: UN-Water Policy Brief PDF PDF PDF PDF  
Item 14 - Water and industrial accidents
Report of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on its eleventh meeting
(ECE/CP.TEIA/42)
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 Report of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on its eleventh meeting – Addendum
(ECE/CP.TEIA/42/Add.1)
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Safety guidelines and good practices for the management and retention of firefighting water
(ECE/CP.TEIA/40-ECE/MP.WAT/58)
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Item 15 - Formalizing the procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties
Draft decision on the procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/9)
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Item 16 - Date and venue of the tenth session of the Meeting of the Parties
Overview of proposals to host the tenth session of the Meeting of the Parties
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.6)
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Proposal of Slovenia - Letter and template PDF        
Item 17 - International Water Assessment Centre
Programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Draft programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2022–2024
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/10)
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Item 18 - Programme of work 2022-2024, terms of reference of the bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation
Draft programme of work for 2022–2024
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/3)
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Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/7)
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Item 19 - Promotion and partnerships
Draft decision on partnerships for the global implementation of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/11)
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Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Review of the implementation of the Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/4)
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Decision VII/4 on cooperation with partners for the implementation of the Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2)
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The United Nations global water conventions: Fostering sustainable development and peace PDF        
Cooperation between the 1992 Water Convention and the Global Environment Facility
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/INF.7)
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Item 22 - Presentation of the main decisions
List of decisions PDF PDF PDF PDF  

High-level segment

The high-level special session on “Water and Peace” highlighted the role of transboundary water cooperation in fostering trust, stability and peace in transboundary basins and beyond. It illustrated the contribution to peace of the accession to the Water Convention and its implementation It called upon urgent action to accelerate progress to tackle persisting challenges in transboundary water cooperation to achieve SDGs on water and on peace.

 

Opening session  
Video message by H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia link
Message by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General PDF
H.E. Serikkali Brekeshev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan PDF
H.E. Tõnis Mölder, Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Estonia PDF
Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and United Nations Under-Secretary-General PDF
Progress in the global opening of the Water Convention  
H.E. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ghana PDF
H.E. Orlando Mendes Viegas, Minister of State for Natural Resources and Energy, Guinea-Bissau PDF
SPECIAL SESSION: WATER AND PEACE  
PART 1 - Transboundary water cooperation: a catalyst for peace  
Panel discussion 1 – Transboundary water cooperation as a key for regional peace and stability  
H.E. Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland PDF
Jüri Ratas, President of the Parliament, Estonia PDF
H.E. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senegal PDF
H.E. Mahdi Rashid AlHamdani, Minister of Water Resources, Iraq PDF
Abderahim Bireme Hamid Executive Secretary, Niger Basin Authority PDF
H.E. Anita Pipan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Slovenia; on behalf of the European Union and its Member States PDF
H.E. Honoré Sayi, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Republic of Congo PDF
H.E. Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Namibia PDF
H.E. Taofeq Al-Sharjabi, Minister of Water and Environment, Yemen PDF
H.E. Mazen Ghunaim, Minister, Head of Palestinian Water Authority, State of Palestine PDF
Hristina Odjaklieska, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, North Macedonia PDF
Panel discussion 2 – The role of the Water Convention in fostering peace  
H.E. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ghana PDF
H.E. Shavkat Khamraev, Minister of Water Resources, Uzbekistan PDF
Florika FinkHooijer Director-General, DG Environment, European Commission PDF
Darío Soto-Abril Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership PDF
Attila Tanzi Chair, Implementation Committee of the Water Convention PDF
Video message by H.E. Barbara Visser, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands link
H.E. Aleksandar Stijović, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Montenegro PDF
H.E. Ibrahim Alio Aboudlaye, Minister of Urban and Rural Hydraulics, Chad PDF
H.E. Alain-Richard Ahipaud Donwahi, Minister of Water and Forests, Côte d’Ivoire PDF
H.E. Margit Szűcs, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Hungary PDF
Emmanuelle Lachaussée, Deputy Permanent Representative, on behalf of H.E. Jérôme Bonnafont, Ambassador, Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, France PDF
PART II - Accelerating progress on transboundary water cooperation to achieve sustainable development  
Efforts to accelerate achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6
By Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Chair of UN-Water
PDF
Main messages of the “Second report on SDG indicator 6.5.2: Accelerating progress on transboundary water cooperation to achieve Target 6.5”
by Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and
Xing Qu, UNESCO Deputy Director-General
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Panel discussion 3 – Accelerating progress on transboundary water cooperation  
Peter Thomson United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean PDF
Jennifer Sara Global Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank PDF
Tatyana Bokova Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Water Resources, Russian Federation PDF
H.E. Anita Pipan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Slovenia; on behalf of the European Union and its Member States PDF
H.E. Iuliana Cantaragiu, Minister of Environment, Republic of Moldova PDF
Marek Gróbarczyk, Secretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure, Poland PDF
Georgios Amyras, Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy in charge of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece PDF
Marryprisca Mahundi, Deputy Minister of Water, Tanzania PDF
Inês dos Santos Costa, Secretary of State for Environment, Portugal PDF
H.E. Adrian Cosmin Vierita, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Romania PDF
Mario Šiljeg, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Croatia PDF
H.E. Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Egypt PDF
Martín Méndez Méndez, Vice Minister of Water, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala PDF
Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council PDF

Presentations and Statements

Presentations ENG FRE
Item 4 - Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation    
Item 4a - Progress in national processes towards accession and implementation of the Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level    
Presentation by Eugénie Avram from France on the past and future proposed activities PDF  
Presentation by Sibylle Vermont from Switzerland, “Review of the implementation of the Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level” (ECE/MP.WAT/2021/4) PDF  
Item 4b - Launch of the second progress report on implementation of the Convention    
Presentation by Iulia Trombitcaia from the Secretariat on the second implementation report of the Convention PDF  
Item 4c - Supporting the development of agreements and the establishment of joint bodies     
Presentation by Peter Kovacs, Hungary on the “Practical guide on the development of agreements or other arrangements for transboundary water cooperation” (ECE/MP.WAT/68)  PDF  
Item 5 - Supporting monitoring, assessment and information sharing in transboundary basins    
Presentation by Lea Kauppi (Finland) Co-Chair of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on the implemented activities and future plans for the programme area PDF  
Presentation by Niokhor NDOUR (Senegal), Co-Chair of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on the implemented activities and future plans for the programme area PDF PDF
Presentation by Hilario Sanha (Guinea-Bissau) on the progress made in the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer basin   PDF
Item 6 - Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context    
Presentation by Peter Kovacs, Hungary, Chair of the Expert Group, on the Handbook on water allocation in a transboundary context (ECE/MP.WAT/64) PDF  
Item 7 - European Union Water Initiative and National Policy Dialogues    
Presentation by Alexander Belokurov, the Secretariat and Eric Tardieu from the International Office for Water on behalf of partners on recent developments in the EUWI NPDs PDF  
Item 8 - Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins    
Presentation by Seppo Rekolainen (Task Force Chair) and Lucia De Strasser (Secretariat) on on the work “From nexus assessments to nexus solutions & investments” PDF  
Item 9 - Facilitating financing of transboundary water cooperation    
Presentation by Ms. Isabella Pagotto from Switzerland and Mr. Niels Vlaanderen from the Netherlands on the progress achieved and lessons learned in this area since 2018 PDF  
Item 10 - Reporting under the Convention and on indicator 6.5.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals    
Presentation by Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon (UNECE) and Alice Aureli (UNESCO) on UN-Water IMI-SDG6, and other updates from the 2nd monitoring of SDG 6.5.2 PDF  
Presentation by Sonja Koeppel (Secretariat) on the draft decision on reporting and the online reporting proposal. PDF  
Item 11 - Financing of the Convention    
Presentation by Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Convention on the status of Convention trust funds PDF  
Presentation by Lea Kauppi (Finland) on the “Draft decision on targets for a more sustainable and predictable funding of the work under the Convention” (ECE/MP.WAT/2021/8) PDF  
Item 12 - Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary cooperation    
Presentation by Harry Liiv (Estonia, lead Party) on the progress in activities in 2019-2021 and proposed activities for 2022-2024 PDF  
Item 13 - Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins    
Presentation by Sibylle Vermont (Switzerland) and Mr. Niels Vlaanderen (Netherlands) on the achievements and next steps in the programme area PDF  
Item 14 - Water and industrial accidents    
Presentation by Mr. Bojan Srdic from Serbia, the Co-Chair of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents on the recent and future activities of the JEG PDF  
Item 15 - Formalizing the procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties    
Presentation by Niokhor Ndour (Senegal, Bureau) on the procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties PDF PDF
Item 17 - International Water Assessment Centre    
Presentation by Serik Akhmetov, Director of IWAC, on the activities implemented to date and the proposed future programme of work PDF  
Item 18 - Programme of work 2022-2024, terms of reference of the bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation    
Presentation by Sonja Koeppel (Secretary to the Convention) on the programme of work for 2022-2024 PDF  
Item 19 - Promotion and partnerships    
Presentation by Alena Drazdova, Chair of the Protocol on Water and Health PDF  
Presentation by Ekaterina Veselova, from the Bureau on the Draft decision on partnerships for the global implementation of the Water Convention PDF  

Implementation Committee

The Meeting of the Parties considered the composition of its Implementation Committee and re-elected 2 members of the Committee and elected 2 new members to replace the members whose term ended at the 9th session.

The following are the Implementation Committee Members for 2022-2024:
• Mr. Pedro Cunha Serra
• Ms. Jovanka Ignjatovic
• Mr. Kari Kinnunen
• Mr. Makane Mbengue
• Mr. Stephen McCaffrey
• Mr. Martins Paparinskis
• Mr. Attila Tanzi
• Mr. Ivan Zavadsky
• Ms. Dinara Ziganshina

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

Side events

Several side events on key issues related to the work of the Water Convention took place ahead of the 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties
Side event 1: Water flows regulations in a fragmented world
  • Date and time: Monday, 27 September, 10:00-11:30 (CET)
  • Organizers: Geneva Water Hub and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Short description: This side event presented and assessed the wide array of rules and frameworks applicable to water infrastructure such as large dams in transboundary basins. It also discussed how legal and institutional mechanisms may help to achieve an acceptable balance among the various interests of those who may benefit from, or be impacted by large water infrastructure.
  • Language: English
  • Flyer: PDF
  • Recording: Zoom
Side event 2: Transboundary collaboration from source to sea – Opportunities for action
  • Date and time: Monday, 27 September, 12:00-13:30 (CET)
  • Organizers: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and IW:LEARN
  • Short description: This event showcased experiences from transboundary basins and large marine ecosystems and discussed needs for accelerating action to address source-to-sea issues as part of transboundary cooperation.
  • Language: English
  • Flyer: PDF
  • Recording: YouTube
Side event 3: Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: Operationalizing solutions, strengthening transboundary cooperation
  • Date and time: Monday, 27 September, 14:00-15:30 (CET)
  • Organizer: Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • Short description: Stories from practitioners and a panel discussion illustrated field experience regarding the potentials in using the nexus approach to operationalise solutions for advancing transboundary cooperation and sustainable water resources management.
  • Language: English, French
  • Flyer: PDF  (English). PDF (French)
  • Recording: YouTube
  • Presentation: Slides
Side event 4: Join us on the road to the 9th World Water Forum (Dakar, Senegal // March 2022)
  • Date and time: Monday, 27 September, 16:00-17:30 (CET)
  • Organizer: Executive Secretariat of the 9th World Water Forum
  • Short description: The 9th World Water Forum organized jointly by Senegal and the World Water Council will take place in Dakar in March 2022. During this side event, the co-organizers of the 9th World Water Forum presented the latest updates of the preparatory process of the Forum, with a particular focus on the results of the cooperation working group.
  • Language: English, French
  • Flyer: PDF
  • Recording: YouTube
Side event 5: Civil society voices and local communities in transboundary water cooperation
  • Date and time: Tuesday, 28 September, 10:00-11:30 (CET)
  • Organizer: Water Youth Network (WYN)
  • Short description: This side event unpacked whether and how voices of the civil society and local communities play a key role in transboundary water cooperation, by specifically looking at the challenges and opportunities of this kind of cooperation.
  • Language: English
  • Flyer: PDF, Agenda: PDF
  • Recording: YouTube
Side event 6: Women, Water and Peace
  • Date and time: Tuesday, 28 September, 14:00-15:30 (CET)
  • Organizers: Geneva Water Hub and Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean
  • Short description: The side event aims highlighted the value of female empowerment for promoting transboundary water cooperation. The event engaged female and male representatives of governments as well as regional and international organizations.
  • Language: English, French
  • Flyer: PDF
Side event 7: 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 aimed 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.
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Flyer: PDF
  • Recording: YouTube

Pictures

Please see pictures taken during MOP9 in this album.

List of Participants