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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

Highlights for Thursday, 19 November 2015

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A view of the room during the plenary session

On Thursday morning, MOP7 participants resumed discussions on the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus. They welcomed the publication “Reconciling Different Resource Uses in Transboundary Basins: Assessment of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus” and encouraged countries to apply the nexus approach.

In discussion of the global opening of the Water Convention, delegates heard that more than 60 non-UNECE countries have participated in Water Convention activities, including regional events and national workshops. Several delegates from non-UNECE countries expressed interest in acceding to the Convention or ratifying it. Many delegates requested support for capacity building, and cooperation to organize regional workshops in Latin America and Africa.

Delegates adopted the programme of work for 2016-2018 and approved the requested budget of US$ 8.7 million. They discussed cooperation with partners and achievements under the Protocol on Water and Health, and heard a report on the informal gathering of parties to the UN Watercourses Convention in Paris in September 2015.

Kazakhstan announced its preparations to host the International Water Assessment Center, and offered to host MOP8.

At the close of the meeting, delegates adopted a package of decisions by acclamation and elected the new Chair, Vice-Chairs and bureau members. Outgoing MOP Chair Massimo Cozzone expressed his appreciation to all colleagues for their contributions, and to the Convention secretariat and the Hungarian hosts.

Incoming MOP Chair Peter Kovacs (Hungary) noted that MOP7 was a milestone in the history of the Convention as it marked the starting point of the global opening of the Convention. He welcomed the solutions offered by countries outside the UNECE region who have a strong commitment to implementing the Convention, highlighting the shared objective of improving transboundary cooperation. He closed the meeting at 4:52 pm.

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: Sonja Koeppel, UNECE Secretariat; Incoming Chair Peter Kovacs, Hungary; Chair Massimo Cozzone, Italy; and Francesca Bernardini, Secretary to the Water Convention

Chair Massimo Cozzone, Italy

Radoje Lausevic, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

Pierre-André Studer, Switzerland

Nebojsa Kukuric, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC)

Francesca Bernardini, Secretary to the Water Convention

Robert Wanjara, Kenya

Nickolai Denisov, Zoï Environment Network

Rafig Verdiyev, Azerbaijan

Antonio Graziosi, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Evgeny Simonov, Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition

Mukhtar Zhakenov and Yerlan Nyssanbaev, Kazakhstan

Fabien Dupuis, France

Group photo of the Secretariat

Side Event: Frequently Asked Questions concerning experience in river basin management

During a morning side event, delegates discussed their experiences of river basin management, with the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine sharing its wealth of expertise.

Blaise Tondo, International Commission of Congo-Oubangui-Sangha (CICOS)

Gustaaf Borchardt, President of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR)

Kim Byung-Hoon, Republic of Korea

Side Event: Activities in Central Asia to support the implementation of international water law

Delegates participating in a morning side event on ‘Principles of International Water Legislation and Their Application in Central Asia’ heard how the impacts of climate change are affecting water resources in the region, including transboundary water, and learned how the basic principles of international water law can better be applied.

From L-R: Bo Libert, UNECE; Volker Frobarth, GIZ; and Marton Krasznai, UNECE

Volker Frobarth, GIZ

Marton Krasznai, UNECE

Side Event: Climate change adaptation and flood risk management in transboundary basins

At a lunchtime side event on ‘Climate Change Adaptation and Flood Risk Management in Transboundary Basins,’ delegates viewed dramatic footage of recent floods and heard how countries including Hungary and Ukraine are reinforcing their river banks, dikes and flood barriers.

From L-R: John Rao Nyaoro, Nile Basin Initiative; Side Event Chair Jos Timmerman, the Netherlands; and Fabien Dupuis, France

Balint Zoltan, Viziterv Environ Kft

John Rao Nyaoro, Nile Basin Initiative

Vladimir Korneev, Belarus

Participants networking

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