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UNECE Workshop Identifies “Globalization” of the UNECE Water Convention as a Priority

UNECE15 February 2012: The Strategic Workshop on the Future Work under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention: Building on the Findings of the Second Assessment and Other Results Achieved has identified the consequences of opening the UNECE Water Convention to non-UNECE Countries (“globalization”) as a priority.

The Workshop, which took place from 14-15 February 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on strategizing for the future of the Convention, due to expectations that it would enter into force by the end of 2012 or early 2013. It was the first step in the development of a new programme of work for 2013-2015. The Workshop examined the implementation of the programme of work, highlighting support to transboundary cooperation, development of new agreements and support to the institutional frameworks for cooperation. New ideas for future work were also suggested, such as the nexus between water, food security and energy, and the need for interdisciplinary solutions.

The Workshop will be followed by stakeholder consultations to further develop the programme of work for adoption at the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the UNECE Water Convention, which will be held from 28-30 November 2012, in Rome, Italy. [UNECE Press Release]