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Second meeting of the Drafting Group on the Guide to Reporting under the Water Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2

3 - 4 September 2019

Salle XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The second meeting of the drafting group on the guide to reporting under the Water Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2 was held on 3 and 4 September 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The guide to reporting under the Convention and as a contribution 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 definitions 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 second drafting group meeting built on the discussions and recommendations of the 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). The first meeting of the drafting group agreed on the scope and objectives of the Guide to reporting and further elaborated the outline and contents of the Guide.

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

  • Discuss and further elaborate the first draft of the Guide to reporting, prepared for the drafting group meeting, together with the comments received by countries before the meeting;
  • Examine examples chosen to illustrate the concepts and meaning of questions in the template;
  • Discuss if the draft Guide sufficiently clarifies questions and the terminology used, addresses common challenges and prevents possible misinterpretations;

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

DocumentsENGFRERUSSPA
Concept NotePDFPDFPDFPDF
Provisional AgendaPDFPDFPDFPDF
Template of the second cycle for reportingWORDWORDWORDWORD
Draft guide to reporting under the Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2WORDWORDWORDWORD
Draft guide to reporting under the Convention and on SDG indicator 6.5.2, including comments receivedWORDWORDWORDWORD
List of participantsPDF
Background material
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
Practical information for delegateslink
Presentations    ENGFRERUSSPA
Session 1: Introduction
Overview of the objectives of the drafting group meeting
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention, UNECE
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Background: recalling results and process of the 1st reporting exercise
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE
PDF
Session 2: Introduction to the Guide to reporting
Development process, purpose, objectives and structure of the Guide to reporting and general comments and observations on the draft Guide
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
PDF
Session 3: Guidance provided in the preliminary sections of the Guide to reporting
Introduction, organisation of the process and capitalizing on reporting
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE
PDF
Organisation of the reporting process in Belarus
Ms. Sniazhana Dubianok, Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water Resources, Belarus
PDF
Relationship and synergies between reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Water Convention to consider for the Guide to reporting
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, UNECE
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Session 4: Revision and clarification of the Guidance on the template for reporting under the Water Convention and SDG indicator 6.5.2 (Sections II to IV)
How to structure the response to section II according to situation of each country considering the number and types of basins and agreement shared with other countries. Presentation of the possible scenarios
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE
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Reporting on basin and aquifers agreements and arrangements: Section II, questions 1 and 2 of the reporting template
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE
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Session 5: Revision and clarification concerning Joint Bodies: Section II, question 3
Presentation of the guidance related to joint bodies and of the comments received
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
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Perspectives on joint and subsidiary bodies in the Zambezi Watercourse Commission
Mr. Gilbert Gwati, Department of Water and Sanitation, Botswana
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Session 6: Revision and clarification of the guidance concerning Implementing arrangements (Section II, questions 4-13)
Overview presentations of the question, guidance and comments to questions 4 to 13
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
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Protection of ecosystems question II, 5, Perspectives from South Africa
Mr. Kennedy Mandaza, Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa
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Regular exchange of data and information: question II, 6
Mr. Ben Yaw Ampomah, Water Resources Commission Ghana
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Accidental pollution: question II, 10, Perspectives from Austria
Mr. Ernst Ueberreiter, Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
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Extreme weather events and climate change: question II, 11
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
PDF
Stakeholder participation: question II, 13, Perspectives from Vietnam
Ms. Thi Viet Hoa Le, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
PDF
Session 7: Revision and clarification of the guidance concerning Water management at the national level (Section III) and final questions (Section IV)
National laws and policies question III, 1
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Northumbria, UNECE
Environment Impact Assessment: question III, 2
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
Final questions: section IV
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
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Session 9: Wrapping up and next steps
Roadmap: Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2PDF