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Twelfth meeting of the Working Group on IWRM

5 - 6 July 2017

Salle XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The twelfth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention was held from Wednesday, 5 July until Thursday, 6 July 2017.  It was preceded by the “Workshop on recent progress on transboundary water cooperation: from getting cooperation started to its long-term sustainability” on 4 July.

The Working Group reviewed implementation of the work programme for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention. One of the main objectives of the meeting was to discuss the reporting under the Convention and the reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2, for which UNECE and UNESCO are the custodian agencies. Many countries shared their experiences in the reporting exercise and provided feedback on the process, the questionnaire and the explanations received. The Working Group also discussed the initial outcomes of the reporting and the next steps. It discussed whether to revise the reporting template and how to review progress on the Convention’s implementation and on indicator 6.5.2, in particular with regard to analysing, storing and displaying the data and preparing the report for the Meeting of the Parties and the relevant inputs to the high-level political forum on sustainable development.

The working languages were English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Please access this link for pictures from the Workshop on recent progress on transboundary water cooperation: from getting cooperation started to its long-term sustainability and WGIWRM meeting. 

For pictures from UNECE: Dniester treaty event, please access the following link.

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Report of the Working Group on IWRM on its 12th meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2017/2)
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Item 2 - Adoption of the Agenda
Annotated Provisional Agenda
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2017/1
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Organization of work
WG.1/2017/INF.8
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Programme of work for 2016-2018
ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.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 on its eleventh meeting
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2016/2                            
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Item 4 - Progress in the ratification process
Ratification status of the Water Convention, its amendments and protocols
WG.1/2017/INF.1
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Item 5b - Implementation Committee
Report of the seventh meeting of the Implementation Committee
ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2016/4
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Report of the eighth meeting of the Implementation Committee
ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2017/2
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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
see ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2
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Item 5c - Reporting under the Convention and on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2
Decision VII/2 on reporting under the Convention
ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.2
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Reporting under the Convention and on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2017/3
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Template for Parties for reporting under the Water Convention and for global Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2
WG.1/2017/INF.2
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Template for non-Parties for reporting on the global Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2
WG.1/2017/INF.3
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Item 5d - Development of a concept for a third comprehensive assessment
Preliminary proposal on the scope, content and process for the third assessment of transboundary waters
WG.1/2017/INF.4
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Item 6b - Cooperation with partners
Report of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health on its fourth session
ECE/MP.WH/13−EUPCR/1611921/2.1/2016/MOP-4/06
Programme of work for 2017–2019
ECE/MP.WH/13/Add.1−EUPCR/1611921/2.1/2016/MOP-4/06/Add.1
Item 6c - Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
Draft strategy for implementation of the Convention at the global level
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2017/5
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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-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus
ECE/MP.WAT/46

see publication

Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Syr Darya River Basin
ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/2

see publication

Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Sava River Basin
ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/3
see publication

Increasing welfare in the Sava countries through a transboundary nexus approach: Policy Brief
ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/4
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Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: Policy Brief
ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/5
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Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus and the benefits of transboundary cooperation in the Drina River Basin: Policy Brief
ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/6
Draft concept note for the global workshop on water allocation
WG.1/2017/INF.5
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Item 10 - Water and industrial accidents
Draft extended outline of the guidance on firewater retention
WG.1/2017/INF.6
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Item 12 - International Water Assessment Centre
Terms of reference of the International Water Assessment Centre
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2017/4
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Item 13 - Ongoing programme of work for 2016-2018 and initial discussion on the programme of work for 2019-2021
Programme of work for 2016-2018
ECE/MP.WAT/49/Add.1
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Report on contributions and expenditures for the implementation of the programme of work
WG.1/2017/INF.7
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List of ParticipantsPDF
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The experience by Chad of preparing for accession to the Water Convention: lessons learnt for national accession processes
(Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 1:45-2:45 p.m.)
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Le processus d'adhésion du Tchad à la Convention sur l'eau: historique et leçons apprisesPDF

Presentations

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Item 2: Adoption of the agenda
The Water Convention and the Working Group on IWRM - Introduction
Ms. Lea Kauppi, Director General, Finnish Environment Institute
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Item 4: Progress in the ratification process
Projects«on the ground» 
Ms. Sarangoo Radnaaragchaa, Regional Adviser, UNECE
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Item 5: Support to implementation and application of the Convention
Dniester ceremonyPDF
Reporting under the Convention and on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the Water Convention
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Global indicator framework for SDGs and latest developments
Ms. Tiina Luige, UNECE Statistical Division
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Global processes for monitoring of SDG 6
UN Water, Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6
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Third Assessment of transboundary waters
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
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Item 6: The global Convention — promotion and partnerships
Opening the Convention to countries outside the UNECE region - Recent developments
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretariat of the Water Convention, UNECE
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Cooperation with the Protocol on Water and Health
Ms. Nataliya Nikiforova, Protocol on Water and Health secretariat, UNECE
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Strategy for the implementation of the Water Convention at the global level
Mr. Péter Kovács, Chairperson of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the Water Convention
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Statement by International Union for Conservation of NaturePDF
Item 7: Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Mr. Harry Liiv, Estonia
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, Water Convention secretariat, UNECE
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Assessment of benefits of TWC - CORB Case Study
Ms. Tracy Molefi, Deputy Director, International Waters, Botswana
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Benefits of transboundary water cooperation in the IGAD region: Sio-Malaba-Malakisi Sub-Basin
Mr. Fred Mwango, Regional Water Expert, IGAD Secretariat-DJIBOUTI
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Item 8: The water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins 
Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention secretariat, UNECE
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Water allocation and Transboundary agreements
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
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Assessment of the water-food-energy ecosystems nexus in the Drina River Basin
Mr. Samo Grošelj, Deputy Secretary, ISRBC
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Approche NEXUS-Interactions entre l’eau, l’alimentation, l’énergie et les écosystèmes
Mr. Rachid Taibi, Coordonnateur du Mécanisme de Concertation du SASS/OSS
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Item 9. Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins 
Task Force on Water and Climate
Ms. Sibylle Vermont, Deputy Head of Global Affairs Section, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland
Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Co-chair of the Task Force on Water and Climate, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands
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Global Alliances for Water and Climate
Mr. JF Donzier, Secrétariat Général, Réseau International des Organismes de Bassin
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Item 10. Water and industrial accidents
Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents Workplan 2017 -2018
Mr. Péter Kovács, Chairperson of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention
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Item 11. European Union Water Initiative and National Policy Dialogues
European Union Water Initiative and National Policy Dialogues
Ms. Carmen Neagu, Counsellor, Ministry of Waters and Forests, Romania
Mr. Peep Mardiste, UNECE secretariat
Ms. Tatiana Efimova, Project Manager, Green Growth and Global Relations Division, Environment Directorate, OECD
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Item 13. Ongoing programme of work for 2016-2018 and initial discussion on the programme of work for 2019-2021
Implementationof the programme of workfor 2016-2018
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretariat of the Water Convention, UNECE
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