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First meeting of the Drafting Group on the Guide to Reporting under the Water Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2, Geneva, Switzerland

9 - 10 May 2019

Palais des Nations, Room VIII

The first meeting of the drafting group on the guide to reporting under the Water Convention and on SDG Indicator 6.5.2 was held on 9 and 10 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The guide to reporting under the Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2 will provide guidance on how to organize the reporting process, together with clarifications on how to fill in the template, including definition of terms and the scope of the questions. The guide will also include examples providing practical illustrations on how to fill in the template.

The main objectives of the first meeting of the drafting group were to:

  • Draw lessons from the first reporting exercise, in particular discuss issues in the reporting template highlighted in the reports submitted by the countries, together with specific comments received and lessons drawn from the analysis of the reports, which require development of guidance and clarifications, focusing on the template for reporting under the Convention (sections II to IV of the template on SDG indicator 6.5.2);
  • Discuss and agree on the scope and objectives of the guide, including its relationship with other relevant guidance material for reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2, in particular the step-by-step methodology for the calculation of the indicator;
  • Discuss and further elaborate a first draft of the guide to reporting, prepared for the drafting group meeting and provide suggestion to its further development;
  • Compile examples of transboundary cooperation illustrating the concepts and meaning of questions in the template, as reported in the national reports and based on the experience of the participating experts.

The second meeting of the drafting group on the guide to reporting under the Water Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2 will be held on 3 and 4 September 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The second meeting will consider the first draft of the Guide to reporting prepared based on the deliberations of the first drafting group, the specific inputs received from countries and partners, and any additional comments on the first draft.

Documents ENG   FRE      RUS   SPA
Provisional AgendaPDFPDFPDFPDF
Draft Outline of the Guide to ReportingPDFPDFPDFPDF
Concept Note                                         PDF PDFPDFPDF
Template reporting     DOCDOCDOCDOC
List of participants
Background material
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
PresentationsENGFRERUSSPA
First day, 9 May 2019
Session 1: Introduction
Background, objectives and expectations of the drafting group meeting, Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary to the Water Convention, UNECEPDF
Session 2: Background and context to reporting
Overview of the results of the first reporting exercise, Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE consultant and Mr. Gareth Lloyd, UNEP-DHIPDF
Lessons learnt from the process, Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE consultantPDF
Session 3: Objectives and scope of the Guide
Objectives and scope of the Guide stemming from the experience of the first reporting exercise, Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECEPDF
Improving synergies between 6.5.2/ Water Convention and 6.5.1, Mr. Gareth Lloyd, UNEP-DHIPDF
Perspectives from a Party to the Water Convention, Mr. Ales Bizjak, Slovenian Water Agency, SloveniaPDF
Perspectives from a non-Party to the Water Convention, Mr. Fernando Reategui Villegas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PeruPDF
Proposed text on a the relationship between reporting under the Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and the structure of the reporting template, Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECEPDF
Session 4: Guidance on approaching the reporting, especially related to basin/ arrangement level reporting (Section II, question 1 and 2 of the reporting template)
Guidance on approaching the reporting, especially related to basin/ arrangement level reporting (Section II, questions 1 and 2 of the reporting template), Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE consultantPDF
Presentations on different ways to report on transboundary waters and arrangements
Presentation by Hungary [sharing one basin with multiple countries and having adopted multiple agreements at basin and sub-basin levels], Mr. Péter Kovács, Vice-chair of the Bureau of the Water Convention and Head of Department, Ministry of Interior, HungaryPDF
Presentation by Finland [sharing multiple basins with one country and having adopted one agreement], Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, FinlandPDF
Presentation by Botswana [sharing multiple basins with multiple basins with multiple agreements at basin, sub-basin and bilateral levels], Mr. David Rax Molefha, Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, BotswanaPDF
Second day, 10 May 2019
Session 5: Joint Bodies (Section II, question 3)
Joint Bodies (Section II, question 3), Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE consultantPDF
Session 6: Implementing arrangements (Section II, question 4-8)
Different ways to report on joint objectives, strategy or plans, question 4, Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECEPDF
Implementing arrangements Joint objectives, strategy or plans, Mr. Bosko Kenjic, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and HerzegovinaPDF
Ecosystem protection, question 5, Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECEPDF
Regular exchange of data and information, question 6, Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE consultantPDF
Côte d'Ivoire on challenges and lessons from filling the reporting template for this question, Mr. Martin Kouadio Kouassi, Ministry of Water and Forests, Côte d'IvoirePDF
Mise en oeuvre d'arrangements et d'accords (Partie II, questions 7 et 8 sur la surveillance et l'évaluation commune du bassin, du cours d'eau, du lac ou de l'aquifère transfrontière), Mr. Daniel Claude Wang Sonne, Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, CameroonPDF
Session 7: Implementing arrangements (Section II, questions 9-13)
Joint water quality standards, question 9, Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECEPDF
Accidental pollution, question 10, Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE consultantPDF
Extreme weather events and climate change, question 11, Mr. Andrian Delinschi, Integrated Water Resources Management Department, Republic of MoldovaPDF
Mutual assistance, question 15, Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECEPDF
Stakeholder participation, question 13, Ms. Thu Hang Ngo, Department of Water Resources Management, VietnamPDF
Roadmap: Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2, Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECEPDF