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International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts

11 - 12 December 2017

Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities. 

The workshop will bring together water practitioners, health professionals, representatives of water-using sectors and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector. The target audience includes representatives of governments, non-Governmental and intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, academia, the private sector and other experts.

The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Governments of Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat and its Protocol on Water and Health, serviced by UNECE and WHO-Europe.  It will be followed by the 9th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (13 December 2017).

The workshop is organized in cooperation with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and in particular the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) by GWP and WMO , the Global Environment Facility’s International Learning and Exchange Network (iw:learn), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as well as UNECE and WHO-Europe:

The working languages will be English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Eligible participants from countries with economies in transition and developing countries may apply for financial support to facilitate their participation in the meeting using the financial support request form. Requests for financial support should be submitted to the UNECE secretariat (mayola.lidome(@)unece.org) as soon as possible, but not later than Monday 30 October 2017. No application will be accepted after this deadline.

Switzerland is part of the Schengen Area and obtaining a visa might take up to 5 weeks. Participants needing a visa are therefore requested to submit their application as soon as possible.

Delegates attending the meeting are requested to register by 1 December 2017 using the following link: https://www2.unece.org/uncdb/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=RZNDRI.

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