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Water Convention


The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) aims to ensure the sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation. 

The UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health aims to protect human health by better water management and by reducing water-related diseases. The Protocol provides a framework to translate into practice the human rights to water and sanitation and to implement SDG 6. 

Initially negotiated as a regional instrument, it has been amended to become universally available. As of  March 2016, all Member States can accede to the Convention.

In focus

In 2018, not even 2 years after its official opening to countries from outside the pan-European region, the Water Convention already welcomed 2 new Parties: Chad and Senegal. The process of universalization of the Convention also gained momentum during  the 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties where around 20 countries announced their interest to accede the Water Convention among which countries from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Future accessions will be supported through the application of the strategy for the implementation of the Water Convention at global level and programme of work for 2019-2021 (brochure, detailed programme in ENG, FRE, RUS, SPA), which aim to strengthen cooperation and partnerships for the management of transboundary waters worldwide in order to promote sustainable development and peace.