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Regional Workshop: Enhancing transboundary water cooperation in the MENA region: progress, challenges and opportunities

3 - 4 March 2020

United Nations House, Beirut, Lebanon

The main objective of the workshop is to contribute to the strengthening of transboundary water cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, therefore supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The workshop will discuss the current status of transboundary water cooperation and its benefits, as well as review existing tools and approaches to prompt further progress, through topical discussions relevant to the specific context and needs of countries of the MENA region.

More particularly, the workshop aims at:
-    Providing an updated snapshot of the status of transboundary water cooperation in the MENA region and of implementation of SDG 6 on water, specifically its target 6.5 on implementing IWRM at all levels;
-    Showcasing good practices and lessons learnt from successful cooperation over the management of shared surface and groundwater in the MENA region and beyond, highlighting the benefits of cooperation, with a specific focus on exchange of data and information and monitoring in transboundary basins;
-    Understanding how international water law, and the Water Convention in particular, can contribute towards strengthening transboundary water cooperation in the MENA region, and reviewing the interest and progress of countries in the region so far in acceding to it;
-    Sharing experiences on how to improve water management in order to increase resilience to climate change impacts, in particular through cooperation;
-    Discussing different tools and approaches to improve cooperation for the better management of transboundary water resources, including through a better intersectoral “Nexus” approach and by developing sustainable and equitable transboundary arrangements on water allocation.
The workshop is jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) and the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med), in the framework of the project “Making water cooperation happen in the Mediterranean”, with financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and in the framework of the European Union funded project to promote and support accession to the Water Convention at global level.

The workshop is organized back to back with the workshop Supporting the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs - Transboundary water cooperation SDG 6 indicator 6.5.2 (5 March 2020).

Participation and registration:

This meeting is by invitation only. It is targeted to governmental representatives working at director level on transboundary waters management from Ministries of Water and of Foreign Affairs from the MENA region.
Participants are required to register online by 9 February via the following link.
Practical information about the venue, visa, travel and accommodation arrangements for sponsored participants are available in the practical information note.

DocumentsARAENGFRE
Information note of the workshopPDFPDF
Practical information note PDF
Agenda for the workshop
List of participants
Background documents
Session 1
Progress on transboundary water cooperation: Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.5.2
ECE/MP.WAT/57
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Progress on Shared Water Resources Management in the Arab Region: Regional baseline for SDG Indicator 6.5.2 PDF

Policy Guidance Note on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Identification, Assessment and Communication
ECE/MP.WAT/47

PDFPDF
Session 2
Outlook for developing monitoring cooperation and exchange of data and information across borders PDF
Session 3
Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good Practices
ECE/MP.WAT/45
PDF PDF
Session 4
Water Convention text
ECE/MP.WAT/41
PDFPDF
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The global opening of the 1992 Water Convention
ECE/MP.WAT/43/Rev.1
PDFPDFPDF
Guide to implementing the Water Convention
ECE/MP.WAT/39
PDFPDFPDF
The Water Convention: responding to global water challenges
ECE/MP.WAT/52
PDFPDFPDF
Road map to facilitate accession processes to the Water ConventionPDFPDF
Session 5
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
ECE/MP.WAT/55
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