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Expert Group on the UNECE Water Convention Meets for the First Time in Ashgabat

Expert Group on the UNECE Water Convention Meets for the First Time in Ashgabat

ASHGABAT, 2 September 2011 – A national expert group met for the first time in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The group comprised twelve experts, including two deputy ministers, and is supported by the UNECE Secretariat. Based on a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, the group was established to develop proposals by the government to change legislation in accordance with the 1992 UNECE Water Convention.

The major outcome of the meeting was the definition of the work plan of the group and the identification of more than thirty legal documents to be reviewed. By the end of the year, the group plans to meet eight times in order to produce a report on the compliance of national legislation with the provisions of the convention and recommendations on what needs to be improved.

A strength of the group is the participation of representatives from key decision-making bodies, such as the Mejlis (parliament), the ministries of water economy, nature protection, foreign affairs, “adalat” (justice), finance, economic development and agriculture. The national expert group is chaired by the ministry of water economy.

The meeting was possible thanks to the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These activities are carried on in the framework of the EU Water Initiative.

More information on the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue on IWRM is available at the website www.unece.org/env/water/npd.html

Note to Editors:

The UNECE-supported NPDs on IWRM programme assists Governments of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in promoting implementation of IWRM in line with the principles of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, its Protocol on Water and Health, the EU Water Framework Directive and other UNECE and EU instruments.


NPDs on IWRM are the main operational instrument of the EUWI, an international partnership that aims at contributing to the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals. UNECE is the strategic partner to support the policy dialogue process on IWRM. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the strategic partner for water supply and sanitation.