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From Practitioner to practitioner: training on how to use the two global Water Conventions

From Practitioner to practitioner: training on how to use the two global Water Conventions

20 - 21 October 2016
Salle VIII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland




Documents ENG
Concept note PDF
Agenda PDF
Quiz PDF
1992 UNECE Water Convention publications  
1997 UN Watercourse Convention website  
Background documents  
Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes as amended, along with decision VI/3 clarifying the accession procedure
Guide to Implementing the Water Convention
Brochure "The Global Opening of the 1992 UNECE Water Convention"
Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses PDF
UN Watercourses Convention User’s Guide  PDF
Brochure "Everything you need to know about the UN Watercourses Convention" PDF
The Economic Commission for Europe Water Convention and the United Nations Watercourses Convention, An analysis of their harmonized contribution to international water law
International Network of Parliamentarian for Water PDF



Presentations ENG
Session 2: Why two global Water Conventions? What are the differences and similarities?  
International water law, current status and evolution of the Conventions, introduction to substantive and procedural norms
Alistair Rieu Clarke, Northumbria University 
Session 3: What are the main obligations and how to implement them?  
Equitable and reasonable use
Patinde Belemlilga, Volta Basin Authority
Duty to take all appropriate measures to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impacts and prevent significant harm
Emmanuel Kasimbazi, Makere University
Protection of Ecosystems
Aminu Magaji Bala, Lake Chad Commission
Duty to cooperate
Lenka Thamae, ORASECOM
Notification and transboundary EIA
Caridad Canales, ESCAP 


Session 5: How the Conventions promote implementation and cooperation on the ground?   
The institutional structure and the activities of the Water Convention
Heide Jekel, Germany 
Guide to Implementing the UNECE Water Convention and the UN Watercourses Convention User’s Guide
Alistair Rieu Clarke, Northumbria University
Monitoring and Assessment and information exchange
Janvier Bazoun, ECOWAS 
Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
Ziad Khayat, ESCWA
Extreme weather events and climate change
Andrés Sánchez, OAS
Identifying, assessing and communicating benefits of transboundary cooperation
John Owino, IUCN
Accidental pollution, early warning systems and contingency plans
Martine Adoube, NBA
Session 6: How the Conventions strengthen water diplomacy, prevent conflicts and foster progress   
The role of the Conventions to support the development of basin agreements and setting up institutions (e.g. on the Drin)
Dimitris Faloutsos, GWP
The Conventions as a means for dispute settlements and prevention of conflicts
Zaki Shubber, UNESCO-IHE
The role of the Water Convention to track progress on cooperation: SDG reporting and Water Convention reporting
Francesca Bernardini, UNECE