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NEW DATES: Global workshop on transboundary agreements

28 - 29 July 2020

Salle XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Due to the development and implications of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the workshop initially scheduled to be held on 1-2 April 2020 has been postponed to 28-29 July 2020, at the same venue.

The main objective of the workshop is to support countries and basin organizations in advancing step-by-step their cooperation on transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, especially with regard to the development and evolution of agreements or other arrangements.

The workshop will therefore also support countries’ efforts to meet target SDG 6.5.
It will review the different steps of the process of developing, adopting and revising legal arrangements and, to this end, it will be structured around the following topics:

  • Developing and negotiating legal frameworks, including the prerequisites and techniques to initiate and conduct the negotiation of an agreement; the different designs of agreements; the minimum legal and technical aspects that an agreement might cover to make it functional; tools and methods that can be put in place to ensure that agreements take into account changing needs and circumstances; practices and tools of the dispute settlement and compliance monitoring that might be incorporated to prevent and resolve disputes;
  • Evolution of existing legal frameworks, including practices, tools and methods for amending existing agreements to facilitate their implementation; practice to ensure consistency with customary international law, the global water conventions or regional directives; the role of River Basin Organisations and other third parties in the evolution of existing agreements.

Ultimately, the workshop should assist in identifying common challenges and contribute to preparing a checklist for developing new agreements, or, where needed, amending existing ones.


The meeting is open to governmental representatives, representatives of joint bodies’ secretariats, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations promoting transboundary water cooperation, experts, and academia.

Registration & Practical information

The workshop will start at 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 28 July and it will end at 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 July. It will be held in the Palais des Nations, in Room XXIV. The working languages will be English, French, Russian and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation in all these languages will be provided during all plenary sessions.

Practical information on the Palais des Nations, as well as on transport and accommodation in Geneva, is available online at: http://www.unece.org/meetings/practical.html