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Thematic Priority Area: Transboundary Waters

The UN-Water Thematic Priority Area (TPA) on Transboundary Waters is intended to provide a platform to promote coherence and coordination of activities by UN-Water Members and Partners in the area of transboundary waters.

It does this by facilitating a steady exchange of information, experiences and lessons learned and by promoting joint efforts. Improved networking will help identify gaps in programmes, maximize their effectiveness and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. In this regard, the TPA aims to act as a clearing-house for good practices for transboundary water cooperation and to provide a single entry point to the initiatives of UN-Water Members.

Another key objective of the TPA is to ensure that transboundary waters occupy a high position on the political agenda. The TPA works to raise awareness about how important the protection, sustainable management and use of transboundary waters is for reaching the Millennium Development Goals and safeguarding human security and development. In addition, by demonstrating the benefits of cooperation in the area of transboundary waters, the TPA seeks to encourage further collaborative actions among different stakeholders.


Coordinating organizations and contacts






Nicholas Bonvoisin

Sonja Koeppel

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary
Watercourses and International Lakes

Léna Salamé


United Nations Developpment Programme (UNDP) • Global Environment Facility (GEF) • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) • UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) • United Nations Office to support the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” (UNO-IDfA) • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) • World Health Organization (WHO) • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) • RAMSAR Convention • United Nations University (UNU) • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Last update:07 Oct 2014