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Arab region workshop on SDG indicator 6.5.2

Arab region workshop on SDG indicator 6.5.2

05 March 2020
United Nations House Beirut Lebanon

The technical workshop on Supporting the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs: Transboundary water cooperation SDG 6 Indicator 6.5.2 for the Arab region was held on 5 March 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.

To support the second reporting exercise, taking place in 2020, the technical workshop was organized as part of a series of thematic consultations and sub-regional workshops, to build capacity in monitoring progress and reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2, within the framework of UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 and as activities recommended by the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO-IHP and the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention.

This technical workshop aimed to assist countries in the Arab region to collect, report and make use of data on SDG indicator 6.5.2 measuring progress in transboundary water cooperation, in the perspective of preparing the second reporting exercise in 2020.

Taking into account the results of the first reporting exercise in the region and in view of preparing the second reporting exercise, the main objectives of the workshop were to build capacity on good practices and lessons learned from the reporting process, introduce focal points to the new developed materials, reflect on the use of the results of the first reporting exercise and discussed possible coordination of riparian countries in the reporting process to ultimately increase the rate of responses and improve the quality of reports in the next reporting exercise.

The meeting was targeted to experts responsible for completing the reporting template or coordinating the reporting process on SDG indicator 6.5.2 from the Arab region.

Further information on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 is available at

The workshop was preceded by the regional workshop on Enhancing transboundary water cooperation in the MENA region: progress, challenges and opportunities  (Beirut, Lebanon, 3–4 March 2020).


Documents ARA ENG FRE
Concept Note PDF PDF  
Provisional Agenda PDF PDF  
Template for the 2nd reporting exercise on SDG indicator 6.5.2   Word Word
Meeting report   PDF  
Background materials      
UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6: webpage on SDG indicator 6.5.2   link  
UNECE: webpage on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2   link  
Step-by-step methodology for the calculation of the value of SDG 6.5.2   link link
Guide to reporting
  see publication see publication
Progress on transboundary water cooperation: Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.5.2 ECE.MP.WAT/57   see publication see publication
Regional report: Progress on Shared Water Resources Management in the Arab Region: Regional baseline for SDG Indicator 6.5.2   see report  
Progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention ECE/MP.WAT/51   see publication  
Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation   see publication  
Technical Webinars (available from 2017)   see resources see resources


Presentations ENG
Opening Session and Introduction  
Overview of the objectives and programme of the workshop
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Reporting Officer, UNECE
Session I: Setting the Scene: Reporting on SDG 6 and Transboundary Water Cooperation  
Monitoring Progress of Agenda 2030 and UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
Reporting on the SDGs in the Arab Region
Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane, Chief, Water Resources Section, Climate Change and Natural Resources Sustainability, ESCWA
Introduction to SDG Indicator 6.5.2 Monitoring, Review of Results and Lessons Learned of the First Reporting Exercise at Global and Regional Level
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE

SDG Indicator 6.5.1: Main Results, Transboundary Aspects and Regional Report
Mr. Gareth James Lloyd, Deputy Chief Manager, UNEP-DHI Centre
Mr. Ziad Khayat, Economic Affairs Officer, Climate Change and Natural Resources, ESCWA

Reporting on transboundary aquifers: Challenges and tools
Ms. Chloé Meyer, Project Officer, UNESCO
Session II: Second Reporting Exercise on SDG Target 6.5 in 2020  
Information on the Next Steps in Monitoring Indicator 6.5.2, Material Available to Support Reporting
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
Regional Materials Available to Improve the Reporting on Shared Water Resources: Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia
Mr. Ziad Khayat, ESCWA
SDG 6.5.1 Survey Instrument 2020 and Supporting Materials
Mr. Gareth James Lloyd, UNEP-DHI Centre
Session III: Benefiting from the Reporting Exercise to Accelerate Transboundary Cooperation in the Arab Region  
Country Perspective: How Reporting was Useful to Assess the Status of Transboundary Water Cooperation & Example of Hungary Dialogues with Riparian Countries
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Hungary
Overview of Feedback Received from Countries on the Value of the Reporting and Uptake of the Results in the Programme of Work of the Water Convention
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
Session IV: Coordination and Compatibility of Results: Exchange of Experiences on the Reporting Process among Riparian Countries and Across Indicators 6.5.1 and 6.5.2  
Enhancing Compatibility of Results among Countries Sharing the Same Basin or that are Party to the Same Arrangement
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
Highlights of the Linkages between SDGs Indicators 6.5.1 and 6.5.2
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
Mr. Gareth James Lloyd, UNEP-DHI Centre, UNEP-DHI Centre