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Regional workshop on SDG indicator 6.5.2 for the Pan-European region

21 October 2019

Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The Regional Workshop on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 for the pan-European region was held on Monday 21 October 2019. It took place back to back with the fourteenth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention (22-24 October).

In view of next the reporting cycle, taking place in 2020, SDG indicator 6.5.2 pan-European regional workshop was organized as part of a series of thematic consultations and sub-regional workshops, in view of building capacity in monitoring progress and reporting on SDG 6.5.2, within the framework of UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 and as activities recommended by the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention.

The dense network of transboundary watercourses and groundwaters in the pan-European region was the object of the highest rate of responses worldwide in the first reporting exercise. Of the 50 countries in the region that share transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, responses were received from 44 of these countries, and an overall indicator 6.5.2 value average of 79.6 % is available for 29 countries. High levels of operational arrangements throughout Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia reflect a long tradition of cooperation across the region, however only 14 countries in the region have all their transboundary basins covered by operational arrangements, and transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers remain not covered by an agreement or a basin-wide agreement.

The focus of this workshop was on improving capacities from countries in the European, Caucasus and Central Asian regions to collect, report and make use of data on SDG indicator 6.5.2 measuring transboundary cooperation and under the Water Convention. In this effort, a strong focus is to improve coordination and harmonization in reporting among countries sharing transboundary aquifers, rivers and lakes.

Taking into account the results of the first reporting exercise in the region and in view of preparing the second reporting exercise, the main objectives of the workshop were to build capacity on good practices and lessons learned from the reporting process, introduce focal points to the new developed materials, reflect on the use of the results of the first reporting exercise  and build capacity on harmonization of riparian countries in the reporting process to ultimately increase the rate of responses and improve the quality of reports in the next reporting cycle.

Further information on reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Water Convention is available at http://www.unece.org/water/transboundary_water_cooperation_reporting.html

List of participants
Concept note PDFPDF
Provisional AgendaPDFPDF
Template for reportingWORDWORD
List of participants
Background material
Draft Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2PDFPDF
Step-by-step methodology of SDG 6.5.2 indicatorlink
Progress on transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/51)see publication
Progress on transboundary water cooperation: Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.5.2 (ECE.MP.WAT/57)see publication
Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitationsee publication
Technical Webinars on SDG 6.5.2 (presentation of the calculation method)link
Practical information for delegateslink
Overview of the objectives and programme of the workshop
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, UNECE Secretariat
Introduction  to  SDG Indicator 6.5.2 monitoring and  review of  results and  lessons learned of the first reporting exercise
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE Secretariat
SDG indicator 6.5.1: main results and transboundary aspects
Mr. Gareth James Lloyd, UN Environnent DHI Centre
First reporting exercise under the Water Convention: results and lessons learned
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria

Presentation on enhancing compatibility of results among countries that are Party to the same arrangement
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria

Monitoring progress of Agenda 2030: SDG indicators
Ms. Tiina Luige, UNECE Statistical Division

Overview of feedback received from countries on the value of the reporting process
Ms. Tatiana Guimaraes, UNECE Secretariat
Information  on  the  next reporting  cycle,  clarification  on  the  changes  from  the  first reporting template to the revised template
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE Secretariat

Presentation of the guidance material, including the Step by step methodology and the Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG
indicator 6.5.2
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria