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Fourth joint meeting of the Working Groups on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and on Monitoring and Assessment, marking the 30th anniversary of the Water Convention

Fourth joint meeting of the Working Groups on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and on Monitoring and Assessment, marking the 30th anniversary of the Water Convention

Fourth joint meeting

28 - 30 June 2022
Tallinn Estonia
30th Anniversary

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), adopted in Helsinki in 1992.  Estonia, currently chairing the Water Convention, will be hosting the following events in Tallinn and online:

Fourth joint meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management and the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment (Swissotel Tallinn and online, 28-29 June 2022)

The meetings of both Working Groups under the Water Convention will be held jointly to exploit synergies in the work of the two bodies. The joint meeting will start on Tuesday, 28 June at 10 a.m., and end on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 at 6 p.m.

The main objectives of the 4th joint meeting of the two working groups are to:
1.    Review implementation of the Water Convention programme of work for 2022–2024;
2.    Discuss progress in the Convention’s global opening and ongoing and planned activities;
3.    Review progress in activities supporting monitoring and assessment and information-sharing in transboundary basins;
4.    Discuss the implementation of decisions taken by the Meeting of the Parties at its ninth session (Geneva and online, 29 September–1 October 2021).

Special event marking the 30th anniversary of the Water Convention (Tallinn Creative Hub and online, 30 June 2022)

The anniversary event, organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and UNECE, in cooperation with Finland, will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention. In an interactive format, it will review achievements and lessons learned in the last thirty years under the Convention, as well as discuss future challenges and how the Convention can help to address them. The event will be held on Thursday, 30 June 2022, starting at 9.30 a.m. and ending at 5.30 p.m.

Documents
Documents for the meetings are made available in the below table.

Participation
The meeting is open to experts representing governmental authorities, joint bodies, non-governmental as well as international organizations and other interested stakeholders, from the academia or the private sector.

Format of the meeting
It is expected that most participants take part in person to the meetings in Tallinn, Estonia. Online participation will also be possible. The working languages for the meeting will be English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Registration
Delegates planning to attend the meeting, even virtually, are requested to register as soon as possible, but by no later than 14 June 2022, using the following link: https://indico.un.org/e/unece-joint-WG-IWRM-MA-30-anniv. In case of difficulties, please contact the secretariat by email ([email protected]).

Visa application  
Estonia is part of the Schengen area. Participants requiring a visa are therefore invited to register as soon as possible and start the visa application procedure at least 5 weeks in advance. If you need a personal invitation letter for visa purpose, please indicate it clearly in the registration. The Schengen visa has to be applied for at the Estonian representation or at the representation of the Member State representing Estonia in issuing Schengen visas. More information about visas can be found at: https://vm.ee/en/applying-visa-schengen-area
 
Financial support
Eligible participants from countries with economies in transition and developing countries may apply for financial support to facilitate their participation in the meeting. However, due to limited funding only a maximum of one participant per country/organization is eligible for support. Applications for financial support should be submitted to the Secretariat ([email protected]) as soon as possible, but not later than 20 May 2022 using the financial support request  form which needs to be duly signed and stamped by the authorizing official. No application will be accepted after this deadline.

Documents - Joint meeting of the Working Groups on IWRM and on Monitoring and Assessment

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Item 2 - Adoption of the Agenda

 

 

 

 

Annotated provisional agenda for the fourth joint meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/1–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/1) 

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Procedural matters of relevance for decision-making at the
ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties due to the extraordinary circumstances related to the coronavirus disease pandemic
(ECE/MP.WAT/2021/1)
PDF PDF PDF  
Programme of work for 2019–2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1)
PDF PDF PDF PDF
Programme of work for 2022–2024
(ECE/MP.WAT/63/Add.1) - Advance copy
PDF      
Report on the implementation of activities under the Water Convention in 2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/3–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/3)
PDF PDF PDF  
Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous joint meeting        
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management and
the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment on their third joint meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2021/2−ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2021/2)
PDF PDF PDF  
Item 4 - Status of ratification        
Ratification status of the Water Convention, its amendments and Protocols
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/INF.1–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/INF.1)
       
Item 5 - Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation        
Strategy for the implementation of the Convention at the global level
(ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2)
PDF PDF PDF PDF
Frequently Asked Questions on the 1992 Water Convention, with the Road Map to Facilitate Accession Processes
(ECE/MP.WAT/59)
publication publication publication publication
UN-Water policy brief “The United Nations global water conventions: Fostering sustainable development and peace”  publication      
Practical Guide for the Development of Agreements or Other Arrangements for Transboundary Water Cooperation
ECE/MP.WAT/68)
publication      
Report of the Implementation Committee on its fourteenth meeting
(ECE/MP.WAT/IC/2022/2 - forthcoming)
       
Item 6 - Supporting monitoring, assessment and information-sharing in transboundary basins        
Draft updated strategies for monitoring and assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/INF.2–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/INF.2)
       
Draft outline for a publication on good practices and lessons learned in transboundary data exchange
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/INF.3–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/INF.3)
 
       
Item 7 - Promoting an integrated and intersectoral approach to water management at all levels        
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
ECE/MP.WAT/55)
publication publication publication publication
Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: A synthesis of experiences in transboundary basins
ECE/MP.WAT/66)
publication      
Towards sustainable renewable energy investment and deployment: Trade-offs and opportunities with water resources and the environment
(ECE/ENERGY/127)
publication      
Item 9 - 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) 
PDF PDF PDF PDF
Decision IX/2 on reporting
see (ECE/MP.WAT/63/Add.2) - Advance copy
       
Sustainable Development Goal 6 brief “Summary Progress Update 2021: SDG 6 – water and sanitation for all”  publication      
Item 10 - Partnerships, communication and knowledge management        
Main outcomes of the Pan-European Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2023 UN-Water Conference
ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/INF.5–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/INF.5)
       
Various outcome documents from regional and global preparatory meetings for the 2023 UN-Water Conference (forthcoming)        
Draft programme of work for 2023–2025 under the Protocol on Water and Health
ECE/MP.WH/WG.1/2022/3−EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/WGWH/07)
PDF PDF PDF  
Outline of the programme of the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol  PDF      
Item 12 - Resources for the implementation of the programme of work         
Report on contributions and expenditures from January until December 2021
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/4–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/4 - forthcoming)
       
Decision IX/3 on targets for a more sustainable and predictable funding of the work under the Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/63/Add.2) - Advance copy
PDF      
Item 13 - Ongoing programme of work for 2022–2024        
Programme of work for 2022–2024
(ECE/MP.WAT/63/Add.1) - Advance copy
PDF     PDF

Documents - Event marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention

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The Water Convention: 30 years of impacts and achievements on the ground
(ECE/MP.WAT/69, forthcoming)
       
Concept note for the event marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/INF.6–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/INF.6)
       
Provisional programme of the event marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2022/INF.7–ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2022/INF.7)
PDF PDF PDF PDF

Practical Information

27751 _ Practical information note _ 367540 _ English _ 773 _ 353817 _ pdf
27751 _ Practical information note _ 367540 _ French _ 780 _ 353924 _ pdf
27751 _ Practical information note _ 367540 _ Russian _ 864 _ 353886 _ pdf
27751 _ Practical information note _ 367540 _ Spanish _ 879 _ 353818 _ pdf