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Reporting under the Water Convention and Sustainable Development Goal 6.5.2

Reporting under the Water Convention

In 2015, a regular reporting mechanism was established under the Water Convention (Decision VII/2). Regular reporting serves a number of purposes including:

  •  Periodically reviewing national implementation of the Convention;
  • Assessing the readiness of countries to accede to the Convention;
  • Informing the public of measures taken to implement the Convention; 
  • Supporting the mobilisation of resources, e.g. capacity building and technical assistance, in order to address specific basin needs and difficulties in the implementation of the Convention;
  • Identifying emerging issues that can inform the development of future programmes of work under the Convention, as well as the work of the Implementation Committee; and
  • Promoting the accumulation and exchange of lessons learned, good practices and experiences related to the implementation of the Convention.

An initial pilot reporting exercise took place in 2016-2017. Parties and non-parties were invited to complete the reporting template [ENG, FRE, RUS]. This initial request, which was coupled with reporting under SDG6.5.2 (see below), resulted in 38  parties completing the reporting template (see map below ). The positive response to the first reporting exercise provides an important baseline for assessing practice in the implementation of the Convention.

The results of this initial reporting exercise will be presented at the Eighth Session of the Meeting of the Parties, and the national reports will be made available via the website in due course.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and reporting

Pursuant to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the international community has agreed to, ‘implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate’, by 2030 (SDG target 6.5). This target supports the wider goal of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6); the monitoring and implementation of which is supported by UN-Water’s Integrated Monitoring Initiative.

An indicator specific to transboundary water cooperation (6.5.2) has been developed in order to monitor progress towards SDG target 6.5. Indicator 6.5.2 measures the proportion of transboundary basin area within a country covered by an ‘operational arrangement’, including the area of both river and lake basins and aquifers.
As custodian agencies, UNECE and UNESCO compile country data on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and support countries in their monitoring efforts.

The initial reporting for SDG 6.5.2 was conducted in parallel with reporting under the Water Convention. Coupling the two reporting exercises avoids duplication of requests and, through the use of the abovementioned template [ENG, FRE, RUS, SPA], provides a more complete picture of cooperation. 107 countries took part in the initial reporting exercise (see map below)

Results of the initial reporting exercise, and subsequent updates, are made available via the UN Statistical Commission’s SDG Indicators Global Database. UNECE and UNESCO will also publish a joint analytical report on SDG 6.5.2 in August 2018, which will be launched during Stockholm World Water Week .

For more information visit www.sdg6monitoring.org/

Review of Reporting under the Water Convention and SDG6.5.2

In 2018, a review of the initial reporting exercise under the Water Convention and SDG6.5.2 is conducted. A technical meeting on the template for reporting under the Water Convention and the SDG6.5.2 took place 16-17 January, 2018, in Budapest, Hungary. The reporting template was also be considered during the 13th meeting of the Working Group on IWRM, 29-30 May 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.The 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties, 10-12 October 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan will also discuss the progress of transboundary water cooperation and the report on the implementation of the Water Convention.


The Progress on transboundary water cooperation: Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.5.2  presents the results of the initial reporting exercise on indicator 6.5.2 carried out in 2017-2018. It offers valuable insights into the progress achieved in establishing operational arrangements for transboundary waters, and the gaps that remain; and highlights that an acceleration in strengthening transboundary water cooperation is urgently needed to be able to face growing water challenges and prevent conflicts on water use.

The Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation builds on the latest data available for the 11 SDG 6 global indicators. Representing a joint position from the United Nations family, the report offers guidance to understanding global progress on SDG 6 and its interdependencies with other goals and targets. It also provides insight into how countries can plan and act to ensure that no one is left behind when implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.