Progress on Transboundary Water Cooperation under the Water Convention

Report on Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

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The publication presents and analyses the findings of the first pilot reporting exercise under the Water Convention, which was carried out in 2017. Progress made in the implementation of the Convention is reviewed and summarised, together with the identification of significant trends, success, challenges and opportunities concerning transboundary water cooperation. The reporting mechanism under the Convention was formally adopted (decision VII/2) by the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention at its seventh session (Budapest, 17-19 November 2015).



Overview of the pilot reporting process

In accordance with Decision VII/2 adopted in 2015 at the 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention, a pilot reporting exercise commenced in 2017. The introduction of reporting under the Water Convention coincided with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets in 2015, followed by the adoption of indicator 6.5.2 to measure progress on transboundary water cooperation as part of the global indicator framework for the SDGs and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) have been designated as ‘custodian agencies’ for the indicator. In order to maximize synergies, the pilot reporting under the Convention and the first reporting on indicator 6.5.2 were combined. Parties were initially invited to report, both under the Water Convention and SDG indicator 6.5.2, in January 2017 and given a deadline of 15 May 2017 by which to submit their reports. Reminders were sent before and after the deadline.


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