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Panama is the first Latin American country to join UN Water Convention

Panama has become the first Latin American country to accede to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), affirming its commitment to sustainable water management through cross-border cooperation.

Freshwater lake in Uruguay

Endowed with abundant water resources, Panama's 4 million inhabitants largely rely on surface water for various purposes, making cooperation with neighbouring Costa Rica and Colombia crucial for regional development. By joining the Water Convention, Panama aims to foster a blue and green economy while prioritizing environmental protection.

Panama's key transboundary river basin, Sixaola, shared with Costa Rica, will benefit from improved monitoring and data-sharing systems for better water management. Furthermore, the Convention will foster cooperation with Colombia, promoting effective and collaborative water governance.

The UN Water Convention is serviced by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), providing a legal framework and institutional platform for collective water management efforts. The Water Convention now counts 51 parties globally, including several Latin American countries in the accession process, signifying a crucial step towards safeguarding shared water resources worldwide. 

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