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Seventh 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

17-19 November 2015 | Budapest, Hungary

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A view of the room during the plenary session

On Wednesday, MOP7 delegates began the day with a discussion of the past and future three-year programme on assessing the benefits of transboundary water cooperation, which noted that the work had highlighted a need to bridge the gap between the water and foreign policy communities, and to mainstream water diplomacy into foreign policy. River basin management practitioners presented experiences from the Sava River Basin Commission, the Mekong River Commission and the Okavango Basin Commissions.

Delegates then heard a report from the Implementation Committee, and elected four members to the Committee – three returning members from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and a new member from Uzbekistan.

They also discussed ‘Support to Implementation through Capacity-Building and Assistance on the Ground’, and heard a report-back on the ‘Exchange of Experience of Joint Bodies,’ which had resulted in compilation of Draft Principles for Effective Joint Bodies for Transboundary Water Cooperation.

Delegates also addressed: the need for joint reporting under the Water Convention; water and industrial accidents; and the thematic assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus. On assessment of transboundary waters, they agreed to carry out preparatory work and launch preparations for a third assessment of transboundary waters from 2018.

Participants praised the achievements of the National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) taking place under the EU Water Initiative, which have become a platform for addressing a range of water-related issues. Finland announced funding of €400,000 for the NPDs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and the EU announced funding of €23 million for the 'EU Water Initiative Plus East' programme to strengthen the water policy framework in five countries.

Five side events took place during the day, including two lunchtime events on next steps of the UN Watercourses Convention (UNWC), and nexus and water allocation in transboundary basins.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the 7th 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. Our summary report of the meeting is available in HTML or PDF format.

From L-R: Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE Secretariat; Harry Liiv, Estonia; Dragana Milovanović, Serbia; Chair Massimo Cozzone, Italy; Francesca Bernardini, Secretary to the Water Convention; Tracy Molefi, African Network of River Basin Organizations (ANBO); and Anoulak Kittikhoun, Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat

Dragana Milovanović, Serbia

Chair Massimo Cozzone, Italy

Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE Secretariat

Harry Liiv, Estonia

Attila Tanzi (Italy), Chair of the Water Convention Implementation Committee

Lea Kauppi, Finland

Ylber Mirta, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Yekaterina Strikeleva, Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia

Tracy Molefi, ANBO

Yerlan Nyssanbaev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Kazakhstan

Heide Jekel, Germany

Anoulak Kittikhoun, MRC Secretariat

View of the dais during the afternoon session

Peter Kovacs (Hungary), Co-Chair of Joint Expert Group (JEG) on Water and Industrial Accidents

Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, JEG Co-Chair from the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention

Peter Koefoed Bjørnsen, UNEP

Side Event: The UN Watercourses Convention - Next steps

Fabien Dupuis, France

Antti Belinskij, Finland

Moderator Carel de Villeneuve, the Netherlands

Alistair Rieu-Clarke, University of Dundee

Samuel Ome, Nigeria

Side Event: From the water-food-ecosystems nexus assessment in transboundary basins
to practical measures

From L-R: Mark Howells, Royal Institute of Technology; Seppo Rekolainen, Finland; Annukka Lipponen, UNECE; and Stephen Stec, International Council of Environmental Law

Dragana Milovanović, Serbia, and Seppo Rekolainen, Finland

Stephen Stec, International Council of Environmental Law

View of the room during the side event

Participants networking

Around the venue

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