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List of Press Releases - 2018-8

More than 15 countries express their interest to join the Water Convention at historic eighth Meeting of the Parties in Astana (17 October 2018)

As global momentum builds in support of transboundary water cooperation worldwide, more than 15 countries from outside the Pan-European region have announced their interest to ratify the Water Convention. These accessions can reinforce transboundary cooperation agreements all over the world, which ...
UNECE and UNISDR launch guidelines on water-related disasters and transboundary cooperation (15 October 2018)

The majority of disasters are water-related, either directly or indirectly. Over the past twenty years, there has been a sustained rise and frequency in the number of climate-related disasters such as floods and droughts. When disasters take place, access to water can be severely restrained ...
New report highlights progress by Parties in the implementation of the Water Convention (04 October 2018)

Since its adoption over 25 years ago, the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) has supported transboundary water cooperation across the pan-European region. Through a newly introduced reporting mechanism, Parties are now able ...
UNECE publishes assessment methodology to reconcile competing interests in managing shared basins (28 September 2018)

Understanding the interactions between water, food, energy and water-related ecosystems in river basins can be vital in ensuring different and often competing needs are met in a coherent manner. This is even more important in transboundary basins, where identifying intersectoral synergies and ...
Senegal joins the Water Convention (10 September 2018)

Senegal is the second country outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), the Secretariat of which is provided by UNECE. A Sahelian country located on the western coast of Africa, ...
UNECE and UNESCO SDG indicator report shows need to strengthen transboundary water cooperation worldwide (27 August 2018)

Across the world, 153 countries share rivers, lakes and aquifers. Transboundary basins cover more than half of the Earth’s land surface, account for an estimated 60 per cent of global freshwater flow and are home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population. Transboundary water ...
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania engage in consultations with the Compliance Committee of the UNECE/WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health (07 March 2018)

On 6 March the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Water and Health initiated a consultation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to support those countries in their efforts to improve their water and health situation and deal with emerging challenges by setting national targets under the ...
Chad becomes the first African country to join the Water Convention (27 February 2018)

Chad has become the first country outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) serviced by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). A landlocked country in Central ...