UNESCO supports South American countries on the monitoring of transboundary groundwater cooperation

When :

from Thursday 22 November, 2018
to Saturday 24 November, 2018

Type of event :

Working group/Expert Meeting

Where :

UNESCO Montevideo Field Office, Luis Piera 1992, Edificio Mercosur, 2do piso, 11200, Montevideo, Uruguay

Contact :


The workshop aims to share experiences from South America towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG6 on water and sanitation. The workshop will be devoted to discuss the reporting exercise of the SDG indicator 6.5.2 on transboundary water cooperation, with a particular focus on groundwater. The aim is therefore to obtain a first feedback from Member States and to better support countries for the next reporting cycle.

This workshop is the second of a series and is organized in Montevideo by the custodian agencies of the indicator, UNESCO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The first subregional meeting was organized in Douala, Cameroon, for French-speaking Central African countries. Additional thematic and sub-regional workshops will be organized by UNESCO and UNECE in 2019.

Target 6.5 of SDG 6 calls for countries to implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation, as appropriate. Indicator 6.5.2 was adopted to measure progress on transboundary cooperation in accordance with target 6.5, The indicator is defined as the "percentage of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for transboundary cooperation".

As co-custodian agency, UNESCO and UNECE led the development of the step-by-step methodology to calculate indicator 6.5.2. During the first quarter 2017, the two agencies invited all countries having transboundary basins in their territory to track the progress on transboundary cooperation and to report on their national value of SDG indicator 6.5.2. A total of 107 out of 153 countries responded to the invitation and provided information to calculate the indicator.

Following the meeting in Central Africa, a second subregional meeting is being organized in Montevideo for South American countries. UNESCO, its Regional Office in Montevideo, UNECE, and their regional partners, the Regional Center for the Management of Groundwater in Latin America and the Caribbean (CeReGAS) and the Global Water Partnership for South America, will discuss with countries how to improve the reporting on groundwater cooperation in South America.

Additional meetings will be organized by the custodian agencies and partners in 2019.