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Fourteenth meeting of the Working Group on IWRM

22 - 24 October 2019

Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The fourteenth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention was held from Tuesday, 22 October until Thursday, 24 October 2019 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Working Group meeting was preceded on 21 October by the meeting of the Expert Group on water allocation as well as the regional workshop on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 for the pan-European region, and was followed on 24 October afternoon by the Event "Promoting an integrated and inter-sectoral approach to water management in the Mediterannean region".

The Working Group reviewed the implementation of the work programme for 2019-2021 of the Water Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1). The meeting also aimed to discuss the implementation of decisions taken by the eighth Meeting of the Parties (Nur-Sultan, 10-12 October 2018) and to prepare for the second reporting exercise under the Convention and on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2, including by reviewing the draft Guide to reporting under the Convention and in contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2. Moreover, the Working Group discussed the Convention’s global opening and ongoing and future activities, e.g. on water allocation and financing transboundary water cooperation.

DocumentsENGFRERUSSPA
List of participants
Item 2 - Adoption of the agenda
Provisional Agenda
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/1)
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Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management and Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on their second joint meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2018/2-ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2018/2)
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Item 4 - Progress in the ratification process and recent accessions
Ratification status of the Water Convention, its amendments and protocols
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.1)
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Item 5(a) - Increasing capacity for implementation of the Convention and supporting national processes towards accession
Road map to facilitate accession processes to the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.2)
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Item 5(b) - Implementation of the Strategy for implementation of the Convention at the global level
Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Item 5(c) - Promoting and communicating the benefits of transboundary cooperation
Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation: Lessons learned and recommendations
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/11)
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Item 6 - Reporting on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 and under the Convention
Decision VIII/I on reporting under the Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Reporting template of the second cycle for reporting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.3)
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Draft Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.4)
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Step-by-step monitoring methodology for indicator 6.5.2
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.5)
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Item 7(a) - Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
(ECE/MP.WAT/55)
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A nexus approach to transboundary cooperation: The experience of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/12)
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Sustainable renewable energy investments and development: accounting for water resources and the environment with a nexus approach
(ECE/ENERGY/GE.7/2019/5-ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/5)
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Sustainable renewable energy investments and development: accounting for water resources and the environment with a nexus approach (Corrigendum)
ECE/ENERGY/GE.7/2019/5/Corr.1-ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/5/Corr.1
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Deployment of Renewable Energy: The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus Approach to Support the Sustainable Development Goals (ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/7)PDF--
Item 7(b) - Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context
Concept and outline for the handbook on water allocation in the transboundary context
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.6)
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Item 8(a) - Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins
Information notice on the global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.7)
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Provisional agenda of the fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/1)
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Item 9 - Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins
Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Preparing Bankable ProjectsPDF---
Words into Action Guidelines: Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/56)
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UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and WaterPDF---
Item 10(a) - Cooperation with UN-Water, global and regional partners and other multilateral environmental agreements
Draft programme of work for 2020–2022 under the Protocol on Water and Health
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/3-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/09
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Annotated provisional agenda for the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health
(ECE/MP.WH/18-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/03
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Item 10(c) - The application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources for the sustainable management of natural resources, including groundwater
United Nations Framework Classification for Resources supporting the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. Transforming our world's natural resources: A step change for the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources?
(ECE/ENERGY/GE.3/2018/7)
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United Nations Resource Management System: Concept and design
(ECE/ENERGY/GE.3/2019/10)
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Item 10(d) - Activities of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents
Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for the Management and Retention of Firefighting Water
(ECE/CP.TEIA/40-ECE/MP.WAT/58), publication forthcoming
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Joint Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents - Addressing the risk of accidental transboundary water pollution
(ECE/CP.TEIA/NONE/2019/1-ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/2019/1)
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Various postcards on Joint Expert Group productslink to postcards
Item 11 - Facilitating financing of transboundary water cooperation
Co-Chairs’ summary, High-level workshop: Financing transboundary basin development
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.8)
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Item 12 - Resources for the implementation of the programme of work
Provisional report on contributions and expenditures for the implementation of the programme of work in 2018
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.9)
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Item 13(b) - Developing a procedure for selection of host countries for future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties
Proposed procedure for proposing and selecting host countries for future sessions of the
Meeting of the Parties
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.10)
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Item 14 - Ongoing programme of work for 2019–2021
Report on the implementation of activities under the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.11)
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Programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1)
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PresentationsENGFRE
Item 2: Adoption of the agenda
The Water Convention and the meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Ressources Management (IWRM) – Introduction
Ms. Lea Kauppi, Co-chair of the Working Group on IWRM
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Item 4:   Progress in the ratification process and recent accessions
Ratification of the Water Convention:
Update on Togo's accession process
Mr. Wohou Akakpo, Ministry for Water, Rural Equipment and Village Water Systems, Togo
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Progress regarding accession to Global Conventions in Ghana
Ms. Adwoa Paintsil, Water Resources Commission, Ghana
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Item 5:   Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation
5(a) Increasing capacity for implementation of the Convention and supporting national processes towards accession
Increasing capacity for implementation of the Convention and supporting national process towards accession
Mr. Komlan Sangbana and  Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, Water Convention Secretariat
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Cameroon's accession process to the 1992 Helsinki Convention
Mr. Daniel Claude Wang Sonne, Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Cameroon
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The United Nations global water conventions: fostering sustainable development and peace
Mr. Remy Kinna, Water Convention Secretariat
5 (b) Implementation of the Strategy for implementation of the Convention at the global level
Implementation of the “Strategy for implementation of the Convention at the global level”
Ms. Sibylle Vermont, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, on behalf of the Bureau
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5(c) Promoting and communicating the benefits of transboundary cooperation
Promoting and communication the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Mr. Harry Liiv, Ministry of Environment, Estonia and
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, Water Convention Secretariat
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Realising the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin
Mr. Phera Ramoeli, OKACOM Secretariat
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Benefits and challenges of transboundary water cooperation for Tanzania
Mr. Sylvester Matemu, Ministry of Water, United Republic of Tanzania
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5(d) Supporting the development of agreements and the establishment of joint bodies
Projects on the ground
Mr. Batyr Hajiyev, Water Convention Secretariat
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Supporting a Dialogue on Transboundary Collaboration on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB)
Mr. Jean Willemin, Geneva Water Hub
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Supporting the development of agreements  and the establishment of joint bodies: The global workshop on the development of transboundary water cooperation agreements and arrangements
Mr. Komlan Sangbana, Water Convention Secretariat
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5(e)  Implementation Committee
The Implementation Committee
Ms. Dinara Ziganshina, Implementation Committee Member
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Item 6:   Reporting on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 and under the Convention
Update on SDG 6 Monitoring
Mr. Graham Alabaster, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN Habitat on behalf of UN-Water
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Reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Convention - Global baseline for SDG Indicator 6.5.2
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Water Convention Secretariat
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Reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Convention/ Template for the 2nd reporting exercise
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention
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Guide to reporting,
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
UNECE Consultant
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Enhancing the compatibility in reporting
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
UNECE Consultant
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Item 7: Promoting an integrated and intersectoral approach to water management at all levels
7(a)  Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Ms. Annukka Lipponen and Ms. Lucia de Strasser, Water Convention Secretariat
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7(b) Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context
Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Chair of the Expert group on water allocation, Hungary
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7(c) Supporting National Policy Dialogues on integrated water resources management under the European Union Water Initiative
European Union Water Initiative and National Policy Dialogues on IWRM,
Mr. Alisher Mamadzhanov and Ms. Christine Kitzler, Water Convention Secretariat
Mr. Aleksandr Martusevich, OECD and
Mr. Edouard Boinet, International Office for Water, EU MS Consortium, France
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Status and Progress of IWRM in  the Republic Moldova with the support of the EUWI+ programme
Mr. Andrian Delinschi, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Republic of Moldova and
Mr. Radu Cazacu, Agency "Apele Moldovei", Republic of Moldova
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Item 8.  Supporting monitoring, assessment and information sharing in transboundary basins
8(b) International Water Assessment Centre
IWAC activities and its role in strengthening intersectoral cooperation
Ms. Zhanar Mautanova, IWAC
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Item 9.  Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins
Task Force on Water and Climate
Ms. Sibylle Vermont
Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland and
Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands
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Item 10:  Partnerships, communication and knowledge management
10(a) Cooperation with UN-Water, global and regional partners and other multilateral environmental agreements
UN high-level meetings on water and sanitation
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention
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Protocol on Water and Health:
5th session of the Meeting of the Parties and opportunities for joint work
Ms. Nataliya Nikiforova, Protocol on Water and Health Secretariat
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10(b) Exchange of experience of focal points
Water Convention Focal Points
Ms. Lea Kauppi, Co-Chair of the Working Group on IWRM
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10(c)  The application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources for the sustainable management of natural resources, including groundwater
United Nations Framework Classification for Resources
Mr. Julian Hilton, Chair, EGRC Sustainable Development Goals Delivery Working Group
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10(d) Activities of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents 

Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents
Mr. Péter Kovács, Hungary, Co-chair of the JEG

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10(e) Communication and knowledge management
Communication and Knowledge management
Ms. Diane Guerrier, Water Convention Secretariat
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10(f)  Contribution to global events, including the ninth World Water Forum
Presentation of the 9th World Water Forum
Mr. Niokhor Ndour, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Senegal
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Cooperation in the process of the 9th World Water Forum
Mr. Kandas Conde, OMVS  
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Save the date
Nairobi 2020, Africa Water Security Congress
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Item 11:  Facilitating financing of transboundary water cooperation
Facilitate the financing of transboundary water cooperation
Ms. Isabella Pagotto, SDC, Switzerland and
Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands
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Water with no borders - Transboundary water platform BID
Mr. Raul Munoz Castillo, Water Specialist, Interamerican Development Bank
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Interactive session - Financing transboundary water cooperationPDF
Item 12: Resources for the implementation of the programme of work
Resources for the implementation of the programme of work
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention
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Item 13: Implementation of other decisions taken by the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties
Proposed procedure for proposing the hosting of future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention
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Item 15:  Date and venue of the next meeting of the Working Group
Global meetings for 2019 and 2020
Ms. Hanna Plotnykova, Water Convention Secretariat
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