In 2003, Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) amended it to allow accession by United Nations Member States outside the UNECE region to the Convention. Such a decision was taken because Parties to the Convention realised the advantages of opening the Convention’s cooperative framework to the whole world – in particular, they wanted to offer its principles and provisions worldwide, share the experiences of the Convention, learn from other regions of the world and broaden political support for transboundary cooperation at the global level. The amendment entered into force on 6 February 2013, turning the Water Convention into a global legal framework for transboundary water cooperation.
The brochure explains what are the advantages for States to become Party to the Water Convention, how does the Water Convention work, and how does the Water Convention relate to the 1997 United Nations Watercourses Convention.
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