UNESCO and UNECE: renewed cooperation on transboundary groundwater
In November 2012, the Parties to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention adopted Decision VI/5 calling for a close cooperation with UNESCO, with the objective of promoting the protection and the reasonable, equitable and sustainable use of transboundary groundwater. In view of the risk of unsustainable use of these precious resources, UNECE and UNESCO-IHP joined forces to address the challenge of the implementation of the UNECE Water Convention in this area. It is foreseen that this agreement will be renewed at the occasion of the MOP7, Budapest, 17–19 November 2015.
UNESCO was invited by UNECE to participate in the Seventh Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the Convention on the UNECE Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes Convention (Water Convention) to be held in Budapest, 17–19 November 2015.
During the High level segment of this Meeting, a statement will made on behalf of the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova, expressing the commitment of the organization to cooperate and contribute to the activities of the Water Convention.
The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) will participate in the sessions and present the results of the cooperation on activities related to the Water Convention, as well as express its wish to continue and further strengthen the cooperation on the promotion of the principles related to transboundary groundwater. An official document summarizing past and future collaboration, prepared by UNESCO, is available for all participants at the MOP7 website.
UNESCO-PHI will also organize a side event the 19 November, entitled “Focus on Groundwater in the 2030 Agenda: Key messages, Priorities for Action and Role of the Convention”.