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Eleventh meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management

18 - 19 October 2016

Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The eleventh meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) was held from Tuesday, 18 October 2016 until Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

The meeting celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention; and the opening of the Convention to accession by all United Nations members States, in effect since 1 March 2016. A special session was held dedicated to these two themes in order to discuss the main achievements in transboundary water cooperation under the Convention over the past 20 years and future challenges. In addition, the meeting discussed the strategy for implementation of the Convention at the global level and will review the implementation of the programme of work for 2016–2018.

The working languages were English, French, Russian and Spanish. The meeting was held back-to-back with the 20th meeting of the European Union Water Initiative (EUWI) Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Working Group on 17 October.

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Programme of Work for 2016 - 2018
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.1)

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Decisions and principles for effective joint bodies for transboundary water cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2)

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Item 2 - Adoption of the agenda

Annotated provisional agenda
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2016/1)

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Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting

Report of the Working Group on IWRM on its tenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2015/2)

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Item 4 - Progress in the ratification process, including the ratification of the amendments to open the Convention to countries outside the region

Ratification status of the ECE Water Convention, its amendments and protocols

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Item 5 - Special session on the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention and its opening for global accession

The Global Opening of the 1992 Water Convention (Brochure)
(ECE/MP.WAT/43)

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The Water Convention: Serving the planet (Brochure)

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Item 6b - Implementation Committee

Decision VI/1 on support to implementation and compliance
(ECE/MP.WAT/37/Add.2)

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Decision VII/1 on general issues of implementation
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2)

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Report of the Implementation Committee on its sixth session
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2016/2) - ADVANCE VERSION

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Item 6c - Reporting under the Convention

Reporting under the Water Convention and monitoring of global SDG indicator 6.5.2
(WG.1/2016/INF.5)

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Decision VII/1 on reporting under the convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2)

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Item 6d - Development of a concept for a third comprehensive assessment

Our Waters: Joining Hands Across Borders - First Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters
(UN Publication, Sales No. E.07.II.E.19)

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Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters
(UN Publication, Sales No. E.11.II.E.15)

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Item 7 - Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation

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

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Item 8 - The water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus in transboundary basins

Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus
(ECE/MP.WAT/46)

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Item 9 - Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins

Draft strategy for future work on climate change adaption in transboundary basins under the Convention (as submitted to the seventh Meeting of the Parties)
(ECE/MP.WAT/2015/4)

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Item 10b - Cooperation with partners

Draft programme of work for 2017 - 2019 under the Protocol on Water and Health
(ECE/MP.WH/2016/2)

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Annotated provisional agenda for the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

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Item 10c - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level

Discussion paper on the strategy for implementation of the Water Convention at the global level
(WG.1/2016/INF.2)

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Item 12 - International Water Assessment Centre

Draft terms of reference of the International Water Assessment Centre
(WG.1/2016/INF.3)

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Item 13 - Water and industrial accidents

Draft workplan for 2017 - 2018 of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents
(WG.1/2016/INF.4)

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Item 14 - Ongoing programme of work for 2016 - 2018

Programme of work for 2016 - 2018
(ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.1)

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List of participants

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Presentations

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Testimonials from Parties and non-Parties from within and outside the ECE region, as well as international and non-governmental organizations, of their experience in implementing or supporting implementation of the Convention, and their expectations for the future, in particular taking into account the global opening of the Convention.

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Item 6a

Projects on the ground
Bo Libert, UNECE

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Item 6c

Monitoring water and sanitation in the 2030 agenda
Will Reidhead, UN-Water

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Reporting under the Water Convention and monitoring global SDG indicator 6.5.2
Francesca Bernardini, UNECE

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Development of a concept for a third comprehensive assessment
Lea Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

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Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Harry Liiv, Estonia, Dragana Milovanovic, Serbia and Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE

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The water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Water Allocation
Seppo Rekolainen, Chair of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus

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Task Force on Water and Climate
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland and Jos Timmerman, Netherlands

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Item 10b

Preparations for the 4th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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Item 10c

Strategy for the implementation of the Water Convention at the global level
Francesca Bernardini, UNECE

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Item 11

European Union Water Initiative and National Policy Dialogues
Ana Drapa

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Country/ River Basin Commission

Austria

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Belarus

Bulgaria

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Chad

Democratic Republic of Congo

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Czechia

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Finland

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Germany

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Guinea

Netherlands

Romania

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Russian Federation

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International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR)

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Senegal

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Serbia

Slovakia

International Sava River Basin Commission

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