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Azerbaijan Launches National Policy Dialogue

Azerbaijan Launches National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management

13 October 2010

Azerbaijan’s National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) was launched on 12 October 2010 in Baku. Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economy, Public Health, Industry and Energy, as well as water companies, non-governmental organizations and academia, gathered at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources on Tuesday for the first meeting of the Steering Committee of this process.

The main focus of the National Policy Dialogue is the development of a governmental strategy for management of water resources based on the principles outlined in the European Union (EU) Water Framework Directive and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and its Protocol on Water and Health, as well as other United Nations and EU instruments. Transboundary water cooperation with neighbouring Georgia, specifically the preparation of a bilateral agreement on management of shared transboundary waters, is another important issue on the National Policy Dialogue agenda. The policy dialogue in Azerbaijan will also build on recommendations of the recently completed Second UNECE Environmental Performance Review.

The Government of Azerbaijan is committed to the improvement of the country’s environment; in addition to launching of the National Policy Dialogue on water, a comprehensive State programme aimed at improvement of the environmental situation in Azerbaijan for the period 2010–2014 is expected to be adopted in the near future. 

Documents of the meeting are available at www.unece.org/index.php?id=26301

More information on the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue on IWRM is available at the website www.unece.org/env/water/npd.html

Note to Editors:

The UNECE-supported NPDs on IWRM programme assists Governments of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in promoting implementation of IWRM in line with the principles of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, its Protocol on Water and Health, the EU Water Framework Directive and other UNECE and EU instruments.

 

NPDs on IWRM are the main operational instrument of the EUWI, an international partnership that aims at contributing to the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals. UNECE is the strategic partner to support the policy dialogue process on IWRM. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the strategic partner for water supply and sanitation.