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

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

23 - 25 October 2024
Ljubljana Slovenia

 

Transboundary cooperation lays the foundation for peace, sustainable development, climate action and regional integration. The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) has, for more than three decades, promoted the sustainable use of transboundary water resources, facilitated cooperation, supported the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributed to peace and stability and prevented conflicts, and supported cooperative climate action. Growing from a regional to a global instrument, with five countries joining only in 2023, the Water Convention is a crucial intergovernmental platform to discuss transboundary water cooperation.

The Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention, organised every three years, is a crucial milestone for the global water community and the Water Convention as it is the largest and only international event driving the transboundary water cooperation agenda at the global level.

The tenth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention (MOP 10), taking place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 23 to 25 October 2024, is organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, on behalf of the Government of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Water Convention, hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Expected participation:

More than 500 representatives of Ministries from about 80 countries responsible for water, environment, foreign affairs and development cooperation – from both Parties and non-Parties to the Water Convention – together with representatives of joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, international financial Institutions and academia from all regions of the world are expected to attend.

Objectives of the meeting:

MOP 10 will begin with a high level segment on the first day entitled “Our Waters, our Future: Transboundary Water Cooperation to Power Climate Resilience” which aims to catalyse a strategic debate on how transboundary water cooperation plays a crucial role for climate resilience and sustainable development in transboundary river basins and among countries involved.

During the general segment, on the second and the third day, participants will review, discuss and exchange on progress achieved in the past three years under the thematic focus of the currently ending programme of work 2022-2024 such as climate change adaptation, source-to-sea management approach, conjunctive management of transboundary surface waters and groundwater, transboundary water agreements development, intersectoral nexus cooperationequitable and sustainable water allocation in a transboundary contextmonitoring, assessment and data-sharing and the financing of transboundary water cooperation. Progress towards achieving the SDG target 6.5 will be reviewed. Challenges and good practices related to transboundary water cooperation as well as the role of the Water Convention in present and future water related transboundary challenges will be discussed.

The Meeting is expected to adopt a new programme of work for the period 2025-2027 as well as numerous other decisions, review achievements, exchange best-practices, reflect on challenges and identify future priorities for the coming three years. It will provide countries with the opportunity to articulate priorities and contribute to shaping the strategic direction of the future programme of work.

Progress in implementing the Water Convention and transboundary water cooperation more broadly will also be reviewed, notably by launching the third report on the implementation of the Water Convention, and by discussing the outcomes of the third reporting exercise on SDG indicator 6.5.2.

The meeting will feature the launch of three new publications to support transboundary water cooperation:

- Good Practices and Lessons Learned in Transboundary Data-sharing,

- The third progress report on SDG indicator 6.5.2, and

- The third progress report on the Water Convention.

Side events:

15 side events will be organized during the meeting. More information will be made available below in due time.

 

Match-making back to back event on 22 October 2024:

A one-day match-making event ”Accelerating transboundary cooperation and the implementation of the Water Convention in new Parties through increased support and partnership” will be organized on 22 October 2024. This event aims to enable the mobilization of support from partners for the acceleration of transboundary water cooperation and the implementation of the Convention by new Parties.

The event will discuss how different experienced Parties and financial and technical partners can support implementation of the Water Convention in new Parties through different approaches i.e. twinning, funding projects, technical exchanges and similar.

Participation to this event is by invitation only and is addressed both to experienced and new Parties to the Water Convention, as well as countries close to accession, River Basin Organizations, International Financial Institutions; International Organizations, and other actors engaged in supporting transboundary cooperation.​

More information including the concept note, the agenda will be made available in August 2024.

 

Relevant information on the hosting country:

Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning | GOV.SI

 

Documentation

The agenda, official and information documents for the session of the Meeting of the Parties will be made available on this page in July-August 2024.

Practical information

Overview of deadlines: 

Deadline to request financial support: 19 August 2024 (see form below) 

Deadline to book (most) pre-selected hotels at preferential rates: 21 August 2024  

Deadline to nominate delegations: 1 September 2024 

Deadline to register in Indico: 15 September 2024 (see instructions below) 

Deadline to send copy of credentials (for Parties): 1 October 2024 (see example below) 

Registration:  

Governments and organizations are invited to nominate representatives to participate in the meeting by 1 September 2024. All participants need to register by 15 September 2024, using the following link: https://indico.un.org/e/MOP10_Water_Convention.  

To register: 

Step 1: Create an account in Indico (tutorial: https://indicohelp.unog.ch/userguides/create-your-account/
Step 2: Register for the meeting in Indico (tutorial: https://indicohelp.unog.ch/userguides/registration-with-an-indico-account/

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

Please refer to the practical information note for more information on registration, financial support, visas, credentials, accommodation, transportation and accessibility to the venue.   

61245 _ Financial support request form _ 392892 _ English _ 773 _ 416968 _ docx

Overview of deadlines: 

Deadline to request financial support: 19 August 2024 (see form below) 

Deadline to book (most) pre-selected hotels at preferential rates: 21 August 2024  

Deadline to nominate delegations: 1 September 2024 

Deadline to register in Indico: 15 September 2024 (see instructions below) 

Deadline to send copy of credentials (for Parties): 1 October 2024 (see example below) 

Registration:  

Governments and organizations are invited to nominate representatives to participate in the meeting by 1 September 2024. All participants need to register by 15 September 2024, using the following link: https://indico.un.org/e/MOP10_Water_Convention.  

To register: 

Step 1: Create an account in Indico (tutorial: https://indicohelp.unog.ch/userguides/create-your-account/
Step 2: Register for the meeting in Indico (tutorial: https://indicohelp.unog.ch/userguides/registration-with-an-indico-account/

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

Please refer to the practical information note for more information on registration, financial support, visas, credentials, accommodation, transportation and accessibility to the venue.   

61245 _ Example of credentials _ 392893 _ English _ 773 _ 416969 _ docx

Side events

Implementation Committee

At its tenth session, the Meeting of the Parties will consider the future composition of its Implementation Committee. The procedure for this is set out in Decision VI/1 (Eng, Fre, Rus). Nominations shall be sent by Parties to the secretariat in at least one of the official languages of the Convention not later than 30 July 2024. Each nomination shall include the curriculum vitae of the candidate (not exceeding 600 words) and may include supporting material. More details about membership of the Implementation Committee and nomination process are available in the Note (Eng, Fre, Rus, Spa). More information about the Committee is available here.

 

Nominations received

Candidate

Nomination letter

CV and supporting material

Mahdi Ahmad (nominated by Iraq)

PDF

PDF

Pedro Cunha Serra (nominated by Portugal)

PDF

PDF

 

High-level segment “Our waters, our future: Transboundary water cooperation to power climate resilience”

The high-level special session on 23 October 2024 aims to discuss how transboundary cooperation can accelerate climate action and enhance climate resilience in shared basins, thereby reducing the risk of water conflicts and contributing to sustainable development, peace and regional integration. It will provide a high-level platform to advance the emerging discussions on the role of transboundary cooperation for climate change mitigation, which requires, among other things, a transformation of the energy and agriculture sectors – both highly dependent on the availability of fresh water.   

The session will highlight concrete experiences of Parties to the Water Convention, other countries and transboundary basins in building climate resilience. It will provide a space for reflecting on the Convention as a tool for climate resilience, both regionally and globally.  

The special session will consist of three thematic interactive panels, focusing on:  

Panel 1: Transboundary water cooperation for climate adaptation;  

Panel 2: Transboundary and intersectoral cooperation for climate mitigation: implementing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus;  

Panel 3: Building climate resilience through ecosystem and biodiversity preservation and restoration in transboundary settings.  

The high-level special session on 23 October 2024 aims to discuss how transboundary cooperation can accelerate climate action and enhance climate resilience in shared basins, thereby reducing the risk of water conflicts and contributing to sustainable development, peace and regional integration. It will provide a high-level platform to advance the emerging discussions on the role of transboundary cooperation for climate change mitigation, which requires, among other things, a transformation of the energy and agriculture sectors – both highly dependent on the availability of fresh water.   

The session will highlight concrete experiences of Parties to the Water Convention, other countries and transboundary basins in building climate resilience. It will provide a space for reflecting on the Convention as a tool for climate resilience, both regionally and globally.  

The special session will consist of three thematic interactive panels, focusing on:  

Panel 1: Transboundary water cooperation for climate adaptation;  

Panel 2: Transboundary and intersectoral cooperation for climate mitigation: implementing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus;  

Panel 3: Building climate resilience through ecosystem and biodiversity preservation and restoration in transboundary settings.  

The high-level special session on 23 October 2024 aims to discuss how transboundary cooperation can accelerate climate action and enhance climate resilience in shared basins, thereby reducing the risk of water conflicts and contributing to sustainable development, peace and regional integration. It will provide a high-level platform to advance the emerging discussions on the role of transboundary cooperation for climate change mitigation, which requires, among other things, a transformation of the energy and agriculture sectors – both highly dependent on the availability of fresh water.   

The session will highlight concrete experiences of Parties to the Water Convention, other countries and transboundary basins in building climate resilience. It will provide a space for reflecting on the Convention as a tool for climate resilience, both regionally and globally.  

The special session will consist of three thematic interactive panels, focusing on:  

Panel 1: Transboundary water cooperation for climate adaptation;  

Panel 2: Transboundary and intersectoral cooperation for climate mitigation: implementing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus;  

Panel 3: Building climate resilience through ecosystem and biodiversity preservation and restoration in transboundary settings.