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Eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

10 - 12 October 2018

Astana, Kazakhstan

The eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 10-12 October 2018. The meeting is organized by the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which services the Water Convention.

It will be preceded, on 9 October, by a half-day high-level workshop on financing transboundary basin development,  jointly organized by Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Asian Development Bank, GEF IW:LEARN, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and the Water Convention secretariat.

More than 400 representatives of Ministries responsible for water, foreign affairs and development cooperation - from both Parties and non-Parties to the Convention - together with representatives of joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations and academia from all regions of the world are expected to attend.

The Water Convention represents a key United Nations legal and institutional framework promoting the quantity, quality and sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation. It is a unique instrument for supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - in particular SDG target 6.5 which calls for transboundary water cooperation - the prevention of conflicts and the promotion of peace and regional integration.

Originally negotiated as a regional framework for the pan-European region, it was amended to allow accession by all United Nations Member States. The eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties in Astana will mark a historical milestone in the Convention’s development as it will see the participation of the first Parties from Africa.

The Meeting will consider different aspects of transboundary water cooperation that have been in the 2016-2018 Convention’s programme of work, such as the benefits of transboundary cooperation, the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus, climate change adaptation and industrial safety. Progress in implementing the Water Convention and transboundary water cooperation more broadly will be reviewed, notably by launching the first report on the implementation of the Water Convention, and by discussing the first reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2, jointly supported by UNECE and UNESCO (the two co-custodian agencies for indicator 6.5.2). Finally, the meeting will adopt a strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level and the Convention’s programme of work for 2019-2021.

The high-level segment on 10 October will discuss how to share waters in the context of growing water scarcity, the relevant impacts on development, peace and stability and how the Convention can promote reasonable, equitable and sustainable water allocation and benefit sharing.

For practical arrangements, please consult the detailed updated practical information note available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

General information of the 8th Meeting of the Parties is available on the following host country website: http://8mop.waterconvention.org/index.php/en/

DocumentsENGFRERUSSPA
High-level segment
Item 1. Opening of the session and adoption of the agenda
Annotated provision agenda for the eighth session
(ECE/MP.WAT/53)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Organization of workPDFPDFPDFPDF
Item 2. Status of ratification of the Convention and its Protocols and report on credentials
Informal document
Status of ratification of the Water Convention, its Protocol and amendments
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/INF.1)
PDF
Item 3. Adoption of revised rules of procedure
Draft revised rules of procedures of the Meeting of the Parties
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/1)
PDFPDFPDF
Item 4. Special session: Transboundary water cooperation: Sharing water for people, planet, prosperity and peace
Informal document
Concept Note of the Special High-Level Session
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/INF.2a)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Programme of the high-level segment
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/INF.2b)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
General Segment
Documents for all the following agenda items
Report on the implementation of the programme of work 2016–2018, including partnerships
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/2)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2016–2018
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/3)
PDFPDFPDF
Draft programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/4)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Programme of work for 2016–2018
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.1)
PDFPDFPDF
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its eleventh meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2016/2)
PDFPDFPDF-
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its twelfth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2017/2)
PDF
Report of the second joint meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management and the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2018/2-ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2018/2)
PDF
(advance version)
Item 5. Reporting under the Convention and on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2
Draft decision on reporting and revised template for reporting under the Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/5)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
(E/2018/64)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Progress on transboundary water cooperation: Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.5.2 (ECE/MP.WAT/57)
see publication
Progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/51)
see publication
Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and SanitationPDF
Informal document
Report of the technical meeting on the template for reporting on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 and under the Water Convention, jointly prepared by ECE and UNESCO (Budapest, 16–17 January 2018)
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2018/INF.5-ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2018/INF.5)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Item 6. Opening of the Convention, promotion and partnerships
Draft strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/6)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Draft decision on the designation and responsibilities of focal points
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/7)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
The Economic Commission for Europe Water Convention and the United Nations Watercourses Convention: An analysis of their harmonized contribution to international water law
(ECE/MP.WAT/42)
see publication
The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention (brochure)
(ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1)
see brochure
The Water Convention- Responding to global water challenges
(ECE/MP.WAT/52)

see brochure
Informal document
GEF and the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/ INF.3)
PDF
Information for non-Party States participating in the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water ConventionPDFPDFPDF
Item 7. Implementation and compliance
Report of the Implementation Committee to the Meeting of the Parties and draft decision on implementation (ECE/MP.WAT/2018/8)PDFPDFPDF
Report of the Implementation Committee on its sixth meeting
 (ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2016/2)
PDFPDFPDF-
Report of the Implementation Committee on its seventh meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2016/4)
PDFPDFPDF-
Report of the Implementation Committee on its eighth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2017/2)
PDFPDFPDF-
Report of the Implementation Committee on its ninth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2018/2)
PDFPDFPDF-
Decision VI/1 on support to implementation and compliance
(see ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2)
PDFPDFPDF-
Informal document
List of candidates for the Implementation Committee (ECE/MP.WAT/2018/INF.4)PDF
Item 8. Supporting implementation and application of the Convention through projects on the ground and capacity development
Principles for effective joint bodies for transboundary cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/50)
see publication

Item 9. European Union Water Initiative and National Policy Dialogues
Item 10. Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: Synthesis
(ECE/MP.WAT/55)

see publication


A nexus approach to transboundary cooperation: The experience of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/12)
see publication
Reconciling Different Resource Uses in Transboundary Basins: Assessment of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
(ECE/MP.WAT/46)

see publication
Item 11. Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary cooperation
Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation - Lessons learnt and recommendations
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/11)

see publication


Policy Guidance Note on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Identification, Assessment and Communication
(ECE/MP.WAT/47)

see publication

Item 12. Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins
Strategy for future work on climate change adaptation in transboundary basins under the Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/2015/4)PDFPDFPDF-
Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation (ECE/MP.WAT/56)

see publication

Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good Practices (ECE/MP.WAT/45)see publication
How to prepare bankable projects for climate change adaptation in transboundary basins
Item 13. Water and industrial accidents
Draft safety guidelines and good practices for the management and retention of firefighting water: general recommendations
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/9-ECE/CP.TEIA/2018/12)
PDFPDFPDF
Draft safety guidelines and good practices for the management and retention of firefighting water: technical and organizational recommendations
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/10-ECE/CP.TEIA/2018/13)
PDFPDFPDF
Item 14. International Water Assessment Centre
Draft workplan of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/ 2018/11)
PDF-PDF-
Item 15. Programme of work for 2019–2021, terms of reference of the bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation
Draft programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/4)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Overview of contributions and expenditures in 2016–2018
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/3)
PDFPDFPDF

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 9:30am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-5:00pm

The High-level Segment of the 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties will be opened by the President of Kazakhstan, Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The High-level Segment will feature a Special High-Level Session “Transboundary water cooperation: Sharing water for people, planet, prosperity and peace”.

DocumentsENGFRERUSSPA
Concept Note of the Special High-Level Session
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/INF.2a)
PDFPDFPDFPDF
Programme of the high-level segment
(ECE/MP.WAT/2018/INF.2b)
PDFPDFPDFPDF


The Special High-level Session will provide the opportunity to discuss the importance of transboundary water cooperation, and particularly the role played by the Water Convention, to guarantee that the sharing of water resources and their derived benefits contributes to the well-being of people and the planet and helps to improve prosperity and foster peace, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Special High-level Session will consist of two parts:
- Part 1 “Transboundary water cooperation and water allocation: Preventing conflict and ensuring peace and stability” (10:40 am – 1:00 pm)
- Part 2 “Sharing waters in the context of growing water scarcity: how can transboundary water cooperation make a difference?” (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Each part will start with a moderated high-level panel discussion, followed by interventions from the floor, with guiding questions.

We encourage delegations represented at high level to prepare an intervention from the floor for one of the parts. Interventions should not exceed three minutes and should address some of the questions for discussion under the relevant part.

The high-level panellists and speakers who will be intervening in the Special High-Level Session are invited to build their speeches around their object connected to successes or challenges of transboundary water cooperation. These objects will then become part of an art installation by the renowned artist Carolina Caycedo (http://carolinacaycedo.com/)

Delegations are encouraged to submit text of their interventions for the high-level segment in electronic form as well as information on the object they are planning to bring to the Secretariat (water.convention@un.org) by Thursday 4 October 2018.

A programme of side events will complement the official agenda. The overview of their schedule, together with events’ description and programme can be found below.

An overview of the side event rooms can be found here.

 

Overview of side events
Event titleRoomLanguagesFlyer
Wednesday, 10 October, 1.30-2.45 pm
Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus: Benefits for resource security across bordersSyr Darya
(1)
ENG FRE RUS
Special Event: Learn more about the Water ConventionAmu Darya
(2)
ENG FRE RUS SPAENG
FRE
Opportunities for Water Diplomacy in Conflict-prone Regions Esil
(3)
ENG RUS
Thursday 11 October, 8.30-9.45 am
Transboundary Water Governance in Africa  Syr Darya
(1)
ENG FRE
Transboundary Water Governance in Latin AmericaAmu Darya
(2)
ENG SPA
National Policy Dialogues under the EU Water Initiative: Achievements, lessons learned and benefits for transboundary cooperation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentEsil
(3)
ENG RUS
Thursday 11 October, 1.30-2.45 pm
The GEF7 Replenishment – Enhancing cross sectoral cooperationSyr Darya
(1)
ENG RUS
Hot topic: Sharing experiences on climate change adaptation in transboundary basinsAmu Darya
(2)
ENG FRE RUSPDF
Youth in transboundary cooperationEsil
(3)
ENG RUS
Results of the Summit of the Heads of State of Central Asia: Practical solutions and prospects for regional water cooperationmain room (4)ENG RUSPDF
Friday 12 October, 8.30-9.45 am
Biodiversity and Transboundary Water CooperationSyr Darya
(1)
ENG RUS
Enhancing the implementation of the Water Convention – The role and relevance of the Implementation CommitteeAmu Darya
(2)
ENG FRE RUSPDF
Kick-starting Transboundary Cooperation: Establishing sound institutional and legal frameworksEsil
(3)
ENG FRE RUSPDF
Friday 12 October, 1.30-2.45 pm
Transboundary Water Cooperation and the Global Observatory on Water and PeaceSyr Darya
(1)
An impactful relationship: Fostering Source-to-Sea of Management of Transboundary BasinsAmu Darya
(2)
ENG RUSPDF
Side Event for the Parties to the (1997) UN Watercourses Convention (by invitation only)Esil
(3)
ENG FRE

Practical information:

Please consult the updated practical information note available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Meeting venue and registrations:

The meeting will be held at the Astana EXPO Congress Center, 44 Sauran street, Astana, Kazakhstan (https://expo2017astana.com/en/page_id=65). Access to the meeting venue will only be granted to registered participants who bring along a personal identification document.

Delegates attending the meeting are requested to register by 3 October 2018 using the following link: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=QiWYQM

For assistance with registration, please contact the secretariat by e-mail (Mayola.lidome@un.org)


Visa arrangements:

Participants requiring entry visas to Kazakhstan should indicate it clearly in the registration form and initiate visa procedures at least five weeks before the meeting. Kazakhstan visas are usually processed in 5 to 8 business days. The host country will provide participants with an invitation letter, which should be used to apply for a visa at the nearest consular office of the Republic of Kazakhstan please check: http://mfa.gov.kz/files/593d8bed31d77.pdf.

For nationals arriving from a country without a consular office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, visa can be obtained on arrival at the International Airports in Astana and Almaty cities. In this case, visa support will be provided to the registered participants by the host country. For obtaining visa support please fill the visa information form and send it to UNECE secretariat (Tolganay.rysbekova@un.org).

Visa-free regime

Citizens of the following countries have the right to entry to the Republic of Kazakhstan without visa for up to thirty days:
Australia; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Malta; Mexico; Monaco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America

Visa free entry

Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Kazakhstan without a visa:
Argentina (up to 30 days), Armenia (up to 90 days), Azerbaijan (up to 30 days), Belarus (up to 90 days), Brazil (up to 30 days), Ecuador (up to 30 days), Georgia (up to 90 days) Kyrgyzstan (up to 90 days), Mongolia (up to 90 days), Republic of Korea (up to 30 days), Republic of Moldova (up to 90 days), Russian federation (up to 90 days), Serbia (up to 30 days), Tajikistan (up to 30 days), Turkey (up to 30 days), Ukraine (up to 90 days), United Arab Emirates (up to 30 days) and Uzbekistan (up to 30 days).

Accommodation:

We have pre-reserved a number of rooms in the following hotels:
•    Hilton Astana Hotel (Reservation form in English / in Russian)
•    Soluxe Hotel Astana Beijing Palace (Reservation form in English / in Russian)
•    Grand Park Esil Hotel (Reservation form in English / in Russian)

 

 

Hilton Astana Hotel

 

Soluxe Hotel Astana
Beijing Palace
Address: 46 Sauran street,
Astana Kazakhstan
single room: 120$ / room / night
double room: 140$ / room / night
breakfast: included
location: next to the conference venue
(2 minutes walking distance)
Address: 27 Sagynak street,
Astana, Kazakhstan
single room: 110$ / room / night
double room: 130$ / room / night
breakfast: included
location: 15 minutes by shuttle bus
or 10 minutes by taxi (3-4$).

 

Grand Park Esil Hotel

 

Address: 8 Beibitshilik street,
Astana, Kazakhstan
single room: 80$ /room / night
double room: 80$ / room / night
breakfast: included
location: 25 minutes by shuttle bus
or 20 minutes by taxi (4-5$).

 

 

 

In accordance with the rules of procedure for the sessions of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention, credentials of all representatives of Parties and the names of alternate representatives and advisers shall be submitted to the secretariat.

To facilitate the procedure of verification of credentials, Parties to the Convention are requested to inform the secretariat of the name(s) of their representative(s) at their earliest convenience, and to submit the credentials or copy of them to the secretariat (water.convention@un.org), in advance of the session, preferably by 1 October 2018. Those Parties that submitted a copy of their credentials should present the originals to the secretariat upon arrival at the meeting in Astana.

Credentials, which are normally issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs or any other person duly empowered in accordance with national legislation to do so, should indicate the composition of the delegation, including the Head of delegation, and should state that the respective delegation is empowered to participate in the meeting and to take decisions on behalf of the respective Government, following the applicable the rules of procedure (see an example of credentials in English, Russian and French)

For more details on practical information please consult the updated practical information note available English, French, Russian and Spanish.

At its eighth session, the Meeting of the Parties will consider the composition of its Implementation Committee and elect 5 members of the Committee to replace the members whose term ends at the eighth session.

The relevant procedure is set out in Decision VI/1 (ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2, E, F, R), adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its sixth session. Accordingly, nominations for Implementation Committee members should be sent to the secretariat at water.convention@un.org by no later than 18 July 2018 i.e. 12 weeks before the opening of the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties during which the election is to take place.

Each nomination should be accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the candidate (not exceeding 600 words) and may include supporting material. The secretariat will distribute the nominations and the curricula vitae with the supporting material, if any, as soon as they become available.

More information can be found in the attached note (E, F, R).

The following candidatures have been received by the Water Convention secretariat:

Name of candidateProposing PartyCurriculum vitae and supporting material
Mr. Pedro Cunha SerraPortugalCurriculum vitae
Nomination
Mr. Kari KinnunenFinlandCurriculum vitae
Nomination
Mr. Stephen McCaffreySwitzerlandCurriculum vitae
Nomination
Supplementary information
Mr. Martins PaparinskisLatviaCurriculum vitae
Publication and talks
Mr. Ivan ZavadskySlovakiaCurriculum vitae
Nomination

Information on the role and responsibilities of the Implementation Committee can be found here.

 

 

Contributing to the creation of an art installation on transboundary water cooperation

Each country and organization is invited to bring to the eight session of the Meeting of the Parties  an object connected to the topic of the special high-level segment “Transboundary water cooperation: Sharing water for people, planet, prosperity and peace”.

The high-level panelists and speakers who will be intervening in the special high-level segment on the 10th of October are invited to build their speeches around their object.

These objects, that can either symbolize successes or challenges of transboundary water cooperation and that should be preferably three-dimensional (meaning preferably not pictures or maps), will become part of an art installation, which will be created in Astana during the session by the renowned artist Carolina Caycedo.

Ms. Caycedo’s recent work has been strongly connected to the challenges inherent to the development and joint use of rivers, such as access to water, environmental impacts and cooperation. In this endeavor to bring together the objects carefully selected by each delegation and organization, the artist’s work will represent the wholeness and the boundaryless aspect of the freshwaters on our planet, which come all together as they drain into oceans and aquifers.

The three-dimensional art installation created in Astana will become permanent and is expected to travel to museums in different regions of the world.

Carolina Caycedo’s biography

Some of her most prominent projects were A Gente Rio [The People River] (2016) created for the 32nd São Paulo Biennale and YUMA, or the Land of Friends (2014) created for the 8th Berlin Biennale.

Ms. Caycedo has developed publicly engaged projects in Bogota, Quezon City, Toronto, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, San Juan, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Mexico DF, Tijuana, and London. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession, Intermediae-Matadero Madrid, Agnes B Gallery Paris, Alianza Francesa Bogotá, Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, and DAAD Gallery in Berlin. She has participated in international biennials including Sao Paulo (2016), Berlin (2014), Paris Triennial (2013), New Museum (2011), Havana (2009), Whitney (2006), Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001).

Besides the installation, a video by Carolina Caycedo will also be projected at the MOP. The video from 2017 is called To Stop Being a Threat and To Become a Promise, 2017, where footage from diverse hydrographies such as the Colorado, the Yaqui, the Xingu, the Spree and the Magdalena Rivers are weaved together, juxtaposing encountered perspectives and understandings of what a territory is, and how it may be inhabited.

More information on Ms. Caycedo can be found at: http://carolinacaycedo.com/