Side event on transboundary water cooperation for sustainable development

In the margins of the fourth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters the side event ‘Transboundary Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development – the role of the Water Convention is hosted on 25 June at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.
Managing the interdependences created by transboundary waters is a human development challenge facing the international community. Growing demands for water, climate change impacts and water-related disasters may increase the need for transboundary water cooperation, as cooperation is shown to bring numerous joint economic, social, environmental and political benefits.

The universalization of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (the Water Convention) provides the only global legal and intergovernmental operational framework for transboundary water cooperation.

The side event co-organised by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Chad to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Senegal to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will:

  • Discuss the Water Convention and the tools it offers to promote transboundary water cooperation
  • Review the benefits derived by countries in implementing the Convention
  • Discuss how to accelerate accession to the Convention as a means to strengthen transboundary water cooperation and sustainable development worldwide.

 

Download the program of the side event ‘Transboundary Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development – the role of the Water Convention’ here.