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NEW DATES: Fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management

30 September - 1 October 2020

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland and remote participation (to be confirmed)

Due to the situation and restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 15th meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) under the Water Convention, initially scheduled on 15–17 June 2020, was postponed to Wednesday, 30 September -Thursday, 1 October 2020, to be followed on 2 October 2020 by the 11th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate Change  (TO BE CONFIRMED).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th meeting of the Working Group on IWRM will most likely be held as an in-person meeting, with the possibility to participate remotely (or hybrid meeting). The secretariat of the Water Convention, in consultation with the Bureau and the co-Chairs, is currently reviewing possible options for conference rooms, interpretation, meeting software, etc. and will share further information by the end of July 2020. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY HOTEL OR FLIGHT BOOKING BEFORE THE SECRETARIAT SENDS OUT MORE INFORMATION AND AN INVITATION.

The Working Group will review implementation of the Water Convention work programme for 2019–2021, discuss progress in the Convention’s global opening and consider future activities. It will also begin preparations for the 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties (Tallinn, 29 September to 1 October 2021) and the development of the future programme of work for 2022–2024.

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Item 2 - Adoption of the agenda
Programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1)
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Report on the implementation of activities under the Water Convention in 2019
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/3)
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Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management on its fourteenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/2)
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Item 4 - Status of ratification
Ratification status of the Water Convention, its amendments and Protocols
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.1)
Item 5(a) - Increasing capacity for implementation of the Convention and supporting national processes towards accession
Frequently Asked Questions on the 1992 Water Convention, with the Road Map to Facilitate Accession Processes
(ECE/MP.WAT/59) - forthcoming
Item 5(b) - Implementation of the Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Item 5(c) - Promoting and communicating the benefits of transboundary cooperation, and supporting the development of agreements and the establishment of joint bodies
Identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation: Lessons learned and recommendations
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/11)
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Principles for effective joint bodies for transboundary water cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/50)
see publicationsee publicationsee publicationsee publication
Draft outline of the checklist for developing agreements
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.2)
Item 6(a) - Information exchange, monitoring and assessment in transboundary basins
Report of the fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2) - forthcoming
Item 6(b) - International Water Assessment Centre
Programme of work of the International Water Assessment Centre for 2019–2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2) PDFPDFPDFPDF
Item 7(b) - Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins
A nexus approach to transboundary cooperation: The experience of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/12)
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Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
(ECE/MP.WAT/55)
see publicationsee publicationsee publicationsee publication
Deployment of Renewable Energy: The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus Approach to Support the Sustainable Development Goals. Good practices and policies for intersectoral synergies to deploy renewable energy
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/7)
see publication
Towards sustainable renewable energy investment and deployment: Trade-offs and opportunities with water resources and the environment
(ECE/ENERGY/127)
see publication
Thematic report on the resource nexus (Phase I of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus assessment of the Drin basin)
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.3)
Nexus solutions and investments in transboundary basins: draft report
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.4–TFWFEEN/2020/3)
Item 7(c) - Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in a transboundary context
Draft handbook on water allocation in a transboundary context
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.5)
Item 8(a) - Cooperation with UN-Water, global and regional partners and other multilateral environmental agreements
Programme of work for 2020–2022 under the Protocol on Water and Health
(ECE/MP.WH/19/Add.1–EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/06/Add.1)
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Item 9 - Facilitating financing of transboundary water cooperation
Concept note of the Global workshop on financing transboundary water cooperation and basin development
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.6)
Draft background study on financing transboundary water cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.7)
Item 10 - Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins
Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Preparing Bankable Projectssee publication
Words into Action Guidelines: Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation
(ECE/MP.WAT/56)
see publicationsee publicationsee publication-
UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water see publicationsee publicationsee publicationsee publication
Item 11 - Reporting on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 and under the Convention
Decision VIII/I on reporting under the Convention
(see ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
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Reporting template for the second reporting exercise  DOCDOCDOCDOC
Guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to SDG indicator 6.5.2
(ECE/MP.WAT/60)
see publicationsee publicationsee publicationsee publication
Step-by-step monitoring methodology for SDG indicator 6.5.2 (revised version “2020”) PDFPDFPDFPDF
Monitoring Water and Sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 (revised version “January 2020”)  see publicationsee publicationsee publicationsee publication
Item 12 - Resources for the implementation of the programme of work
Report on contributions and expenditures from January until December 2019
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/5)
Item 13(a) - Proposed targets for a more sustainable and predictable funding of the work under the Convention
Draft proposal for targets for financial sustainability of the work under the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.8)
Item 13(b) - Developing a procedure for proposals to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties and call for proposals for hosting the tenth session
Possible procedure for proposing to host future sessions of the Meeting of the Parties
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/4)
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Call for proposals to host the tenth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention in 2024
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.9)
Item 15 - Ongoing programme of work for 2019–2021 and future programme of work for 2022–2024
Report on the implementation of activities under the Water Convention in 2019
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/3)
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Programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1)
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