Recognizing the importance of exchange of experience on the establishment and functioning of river basin commissions and other joint bodies for transboundary water cooperation, the Parties to the Water Convention have included in the Work Programme for 2013–2015 two workshops to promote the exchange of experience and good practices between joint bodies worldwide and to draw lessons learned and recommendations.
The First Workshop, organised in Geneva from 23 to 24 September 2013, concentrated on the legal and institutional aspects, and attracted an active participation.
This Second Workshop focuses on selected technical aspects in the work of joint bodies, notably inter-sectoral coordination, infrastructure, groundwater management, environmental protection and selected management issues, including financing and communication.
The Workshop is organized under the leadership of the Governments of Finland and Germany, and with the support of a broad partnership of international organisations.
Representatives of secretariats of joint bodies, governmental representatives with hands-on experience of such institutional arrangements, experts and practitioners from all over the world are invited to participate in the workshop and share their knowledge and experience. Those interested in participating should complete the registration form below and transmit it to the UNECE secretariat (email@example.com) as soon as possible but not later than 28 March 2014. Participants who need a personal invitation letter for visa purpose, should contact the secretariat as soon as possible and also indicate it clearly in the registration form.
Eligible participants from countries with economies in transition and developing countries may apply for financial support to facilitate their participation in the workshop. Requests for financial support, together with the registration form should be submitted to the UNECE secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible, but not later than 21 February 2014.
Conclusions of the first Joint Bodies workshop
Reference document, prepared for the first Joint Bodies workshop
Convention as amended, along with decision VI/3 clarifying the accession procedure
River basin commissions and other institutions for transboundary water cooperation
Brochure "The global opening of the 1992 UNECE Water Convention
Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters