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Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins

4 - 5 December 2019

Salle XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The workshop will start at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 4 December and end at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 5 December 2019 in Salle XVI, at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. The workshop will be followed by the Fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment, which will be held on 6 December 2019, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Expected participation to the workshop from different regions of the world will make it possible to exchange broadly experience in tackling challenges related to exchange of data and information, benefiting Governments, basin organizations and regional organizations in their particular contexts.

The workshop will consist of plenary presentations and discussion sessions as well as smaller group discussions and exercises.  Working languages will be English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Please find the workshop’s information notice below. A detailed programme of the workshop will be issued in November 2019. 

The main objectives of the workshop are to: 

  • Discuss practical experiences, on the basis of a range of initiatives and basin or aquifer cases, related to different key issues in information and data exchange that has brought results and has allowed to overcome challenges, considering different solutions – lighter and more comprehensive ones, institutionally and in terms of resource requirements; 
  • Draw some recommendations on the themes highlighted at the workshop which can be taken on in further work with support of the Water Convention and the workshop’s organizing partners. 

The conclusions from the workshop will be used in the future work under the Water Convention to foster transboundary cooperation and provide assistance to countries and joint bodies, such as transboundary basin organizations. In particular, the conclusions will guide the discussions in the meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment which will meet just after the workshop (Geneva, 6 December 2019). 

Participation and registration

The priority target audience includes country officials (ministries and agencies), practitioners, river basin organizations, project managers, international organizations, research institutes and academia as well as NGOs working on monitoring and assessment of water resources, managing data and information or related policy. 

In accordance with United Nations accreditation procedures, participants are requested to register by 20 November 2019 using the following link. For assistance with registration, please see the instructions on the meeting web page. Kindly use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome as your browser when proceeding with your online registration. If you require practical assistance with registration, you may refer to the user manual or contact the UNECE secretariat by email.

Visa application

Participants requiring entry visas should inform the UNECE secretariat as soon as possible. Since Switzerland is part of the Schengen Zone, obtaining a visa might take up to 5 weeks. Participants needing a visa are therefore requested to submit their application as soon as possible and initiate visa procedures at least four weeks before the meeting.

The meeting will follow a PaperSmart model. Therefore, participants are asked to bring their own copies of documents or laptops.

Information noticePDFPDFPDFPDF
Provisional agendaPDFPDFPDFPDF
List of Participants
Background material
Background paperPDF
Practical information for delegateslink