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The European Union Water Initiative (EUWI) was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The overriding aim of the EUWI is to coordinate EU development assistance in the field of water. Over a decade ago, the EU identified UNECE and OECD as strategic partners for the implementation of the EUWI in the region of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The implementation of EUWI in the region relies on National Policy Dialogues (NPDs), jointly facilitated by UNECE and OECD. NPDs are platforms where key national stakeholders meet regularly to discuss and advance policy reforms. The UNECE is the strategic partner for work on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), including transboundary rivers basin management. It contributes to the approximation of the EU acquis, building on the Water Convention and its Protocol on Water and Health.

At the regional level, the oversight is provided by the EUWI Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Working Group, chaired by Romania.

Since 2016, the work in the six EU Eastern Partnership countries is carried out in the framework of the EU-funded EUWI+ East program with UNECE, OECD and the EU Member States Consortium, which includes the Austrian Environment Agency and the International Office for Water of France, working together as implementing partners. There is currently a funding gap in Central Asia with just few specific activities going on in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (funded by Finland through the FinWaterWEI II) and in Kazakhstan (implemented jointly with UNDP through a Green Economy project).