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Regional workshop on SDG indicator 6.5.2 for the Pan-European region

21 October 2019

Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The Regional Workshop on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 for the pan-European region will be held on Monday 21 October 2019. It will start at 10:00 and finish at 18:00. The workshop will take place back to back with the fourteenth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention (22-24 October).

In view of next the reporting cycle, which will take place in 2020, the Regional Workshop on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 for the pan-European region is organized as part of a series of thematic consultations and sub-regional workshops, in view of building capacity in monitoring progress and reporting on SDG 6.5.2, within the framework of UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 and as activities recommended by the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention.

The dense network of transboundary watercourses and groundwaters in the pan-European region was the object of the highest rate of responses worldwide in the first reporting exercise. Of the 50 countries in the region that share transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, responses were received from 44 of these countries, and an overall indicator 6.5.2 value average of 79.6 % is available for 29 countries. High levels of operational arrangements throughout Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia reflect a long tradition of cooperation across the region, however only 14 countries in the region have all their transboundary basins covered by operational arrangements, and transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers remain not covered by an agreement or a basin-wide agreement.

The focus of this workshop is on improving capacities from countries in the European, Caucasus and Central Asian regions to collect, report and make use of data on SDG indicator 6.5.2 measuring transboundary cooperation and under the Water Convention. In this effort, a strong focus is to improve coordination and harmonization in reporting among countries sharing transboundary aquifers, rivers and lakes.

Taking into account the results of the first reporting exercise in the region and in view of preparing the second reporting exercise, the main objectives of the workshop are to build capacity on good practices and lessons learned from the reporting process, introduce focal points to the new developed materials, reflect on the use of the results of the first reporting exercise  and build capacity on harmonization of riparian countries in the reporting process to ultimately increase the rate of responses and improve the quality of reports in the next reporting cycle.

Further information on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Water Convention is available at http://www.unece.org/water/transboundary_water_cooperation_reporting.html.

Practical information

The working languages will be English and Russian.

Participation and registration
The meeting targets SDG 6.5.2 and Water Convention contact points and focal points representing governmental authorities, joint bodies, non-governmental as well as international organizations.

In accordance with United Nations accreditation procedures, participants are requested to register by 7 October 2019 by clicking on the following link https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=oHKIm6. Delegates may select whether they will attend both the Workshop and the Working Group on IWRM or only one of the meetings. For assistance with registration, please see the instructions on the meeting web page (www.unece.org/index.php?id=50208). Kindly use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome as your browser when proceeding with your online registration. If you require practical assistance with registration, you may refer to the user manual or contact the UNECE secretariat by email (mayola.lidome@un.org).

Visa application
Participants are responsible for securing a visa to attend the meeting. Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, and visa applications might take up to 5 weeks. The UNECE Secretariat will provide visa invitation letters to participants to facilitate the process. If you require a visa for Switzerland, please inform the UNECE secretariat (mayola.lidome@un.org) as soon as possible and begin the visa procedures no later than 13 September 2019.

Financial support
For countries eligible for financial support, UNECE is in the position to finance the participation of one representative per country, including a return ticket to Geneva and an allowance to cover the cost of the stay. Requests for financial support should be submitted to Ms. Mayola Lidome in the UNECE secretariat (mayola.lidome@un.org) as soon as possible, and in any case no later than 10 September 2019.

The meeting will follow a PaperSmart model. Therefore, participants are asked to bring their own copies of documents or laptops.

Concept note PDFPDF
Provisional AgendaPDFPDF
Template for reportingWORDWORD
List of participants
Background material
Draft Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2
Step-by-step methodology of SDG 6.5.2 indicatorlink
Progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/51)see publication
Progress on transboundary water cooperation: Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.5.2 (ECE.MP.WAT/57)see publication
Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitationsee publication
Technical Webinars on SDG 6.5.2 (presentation of the calculation method)link
Practical information for delegateslink