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Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention)

28-30 November 2012 | Rome, Italy
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Highlights for Friday, 30 November 2012

On Friday, MOP6 delegates concluded consideration of remaining agenda issues. In the morning, they addressed: cooperation with partners; water and industrial accidents, including activities of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents and progress related to the Protocol on Civil Liability; water and ecosystems; vision for the future of the Water Convention; the International Water Assessment Centre; and the programme of work for 2013-2015.

In the afternoon, delegates continued discussing the programme of work for 2013-2015, concluded considerations on the accession to the Convention by non-ECE countries and elected the members of the Implementation Committee and the new members of the Bureau by consensus. Massimo Cozzone, Italy, was elected as the new chairperson of the Bureau.

The MOP adopted decisions on: support to implementation and compliance; model provisions on transboundary groundwaters; accession by non-ECE countries; cooperation with the GEF and UNESCO; vision for the future of the Convention and the programme of work for 2013-2015.

Hungary expressed its preliminary interest in hosting the Seventh Meeting of the Parties in 2015.

In her concluding remarks, Chair Vermont highlighted the future generations of the Convention through a compilation of pictures of the children of meeting participants. She thanked, inter alia, the government of Italy for their hospitality and the UNECE Secretariat for their hard work and support. Massimo Cozzone recognized the participation of 18 countries from outside the UNECE region, noting that their participation represents the future of the Convention. He looked forward to future progress on the Convention. Deputy Executive Secretary Andrey Vasilyev, UNECE, congratulated participants on a successful meeting and wished Parties success in their work.

Chair Vermont closed the meeting at 4:07 pm.

The summary report of the Meeting will be available on this site on Monday, 3 December 2012.

A view of the plenary
Plenary Session
From L-R: Marco Keiner, Director, Environment Division, UNECE; Sibylle Vermont, Chair of MOP6, Switzerland; Francesca Bernardini, UNECE Secretariat; Sonja Koeppel, UNECE Secretariat; Christian Severin, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF
Christian Severin, GEF
Federico Properzi, UN-Water
Heide Jekel, Germany
Sibylle Vermont, Chair of MOP6, Switzerland
Francesca Bernardini, UNECE Secretariat
Sergiusz Ludwiczak, UNECE
Péter Kovács, Hungary
From L-R: Sergiusz Ludwiczak, UNECE; Vice-Chair Massimo Cozzone, Italy; Francesca Bernardini, UNECE Secretariat; Sibylle Vermont, Chair of MOP6, Switzerland; Sonja Koeppel, UNECE Secretariat; Boris Minarik, International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC)
Charles Ngangoue, African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)
Vice-Chair Massimo Cozzone, Italy. Elected Chair for 2013-2015.
Boris Minarik, IWAC
Fabien Dupuis, France
Mai Britt Knoph, Norway
Attila Tanzi, Chair of the Convention's Legal Board
UNECE Secretariat
Side Events
The panel during the side event: Examining the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus - a thematic assessment in transboundary basins. From L-R: Jakob Granit, SEI; Heide Jekel, Germany; Annukka Lipponen, UNECE Secretariat; Giovanni Muñoz, FAO; Fedor Klimchuk, UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia; Pasquale Steduto, FAO
The panel during the side event: Managing transboundary waters together - River, lake and aquifer commissions worldwide. From L-R: Dejan Komatina, International Sava River Basin Commission; Sanusi Imra Abdullahi, Lake Chad Basin Commission; Jean-François Donzier, International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO); Daniel Valensuela, INBO; Roberto Bertoni, Swiss-Italian Commission for Protection of Common Waters; Arnould Lefébure, International Commission of the Scheldt
Participants networking
Around the venue
A view of Rome city centre
The Chamber of Deputies where the venue was held
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*Water Convention website
*Water Convention text
*Amendment to Articles 25 and 26 of the Convention
*Implementation of the Convention

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