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Countries worldwide set the tone to further advance transboundary water cooperation at global level at Water Convention’s ninth Meeting of the Parties  

Transboundary waters are a global common good crucial for human life, which require concerted management and protection. The ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 9) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) has shown numerous examples of how countries around the globe govern transboundary waters in a cooperative, equitable and sustainable manner.   The MOP 9 was organized by UNECE in cooperation with the Government of Estonia in a hybrid format with

Governments and civil society look to enhance public engagement and protection for environmental defenders at Geneva meetings 

A 5-day event in Geneva will provide a platform for some 400 representatives of Governments, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to meet in a hybrid format and discuss achievements and challenges in the promotion of transparency, public participation in decision-making and access to justice regarding a wide range of topics related to the environment. They will look, among other things, to enhance public engagement and protection for environmental defenders. 

The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal commit to cooperate on shared groundwater as foundation for regional stability, sustainable development and climate adaptation

Ministers from The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal have agreed to establish a legal and institutional framework for cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB), a shared aquifer basin (groundwater reserve) on which 80% of their populations depend. In a context of rising water stress, this resource is strategic for the region’s adaptation to climate change, as it is less vulnerable than surface water. Its concerted management will contribute to reinforce peace among the populations of the four countries. 

Togo joins UN Water Convention, pushing forward water cooperation for peace, security and sustainable development

Togo is the fifth country outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), for which UNECE ensures the Secretariat. This comes as more and more countries – especially in Africa –are seizing the legal and intergovernmental framework of the Water Convention to support cooperation on shared water resources, following accessions by Guinea Bissau (2021), Ghana (2020), Senegal and Chad (2018).

UNECE report highlights progress in implementation of the Water Convention and calls for stronger cooperation on transboundary aquifers and adaptation to climate change

Joining the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) makes a difference! Parties to the Water Convention constantly advance water cooperation at the basin, subbasin and bilateral levels. The conclusion of at least 10 new transboundary water cooperation agreements and the entry into force of another 4 in the period 2017–2020 demonstrate the Parties’ strong commitment to effective cooperation. Most of the 144 transboundary river and lake basins reported on by the Parties are covered by agreements or arrangements in force.

Over 100 countries to discuss how to further accelerate transboundary water cooperation at 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

Approximately 40% of the world’s population live in transboundary river and lake basins, accounting for an estimated 60% of global freshwater flow. These shared water resources support the livelihoods of more than 3 billion people. In a world increasingly impacted by the effects of climate change, preserving and managing these shared waters in a cooperative manner is crucial to achieve sustainable development, peace and stability.

Scientists explore measures under Gothenburg Protocol to further reduce air pollution across the UNECE region

With the review of the amended Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-Level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol) well underway, expert groups under the UNECE Air Convention are now collecting information to assess the effectiveness of measures.

Time to reform our food systems

With the UN Food Systems Summit taking place next week under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (23 September 2021), we must recognize that the food systems we have built over recent decades are unsustainable. The food choices we make every day as consumers and producers of food are having a large impact on our environment, human health, societies and climate change.  

Countries worldwide must accelerate progress on transboundary water cooperation, shows the latest SDG 6.5.2 report

Results of the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report on transboundary water cooperation, published today by UNECE and UNESCO (co-custodian agencies for SDG indicator 6.5.2) on behalf of UN-Water, suggests that not nearly enough operational arrangements for transboundary water cooperation are in place.  W