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Global workshop - Moving forward transboundary water cooperation: Building on its benefits

6 - 7 February 2018

Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Transboundary water cooperation is necessary to manage shared waters in an integrated and sustainable way. It has the potential to generate many significant benefits for cooperating countries, such as accelerated economic growth, improved human well-being, enhanced environmental sustainability and increased political stability. Nevertheless, many challenges can prevent or delay countries from embracing effective joint management of transboundary waters, including because of an incomplete or biased perception of the benefits that could be attained.
The workshop will bring together professionals from all over the world working on transboundary water cooperation to discuss how the identification, assessment and communication of the broad range of benefits generated by transboundary water cooperation can prompt, support or strengthen cooperation in transboundary basins. It will provide a platform to share experiences, good practices, challenges faced and lessons learnt from transboundary basins where work has been carried out to better understand, analyze and communicate the benefits of transboundary water cooperation as well as the cost of inaction, but also transboundary basins where development has been guided by common benefits/ benefit sharing arrangements.

The target audience includes governmental representatives, but also water managers and representatives of joint bodies such as transboundary water commissions, and representatives of international organizations (including development partners and international financial institutions), as well as journalists, diplomats, parliamentarians, representatives of academia, research institutes, private sector, civil society and other independent experts.

The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Governments of Estonia and Serbia, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat, serviced by UNECE. Funding for the workshop is provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands and the Geneva Water Hub.

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 available on the meeting website. Requests for financial support should be submitted to the UNECE secretariat (cammile.marcelo@unece.org) as soon as possible, but not later than Wednesday 20 December 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 26 January 2018 using the following link: https://www2.unece.org/uncdb/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=3TDMAd

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