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UNESCO-IHP Organizes Sub-regional Workshop on Water Cooperation and SDG6 Monitoring (Indicators 6.5.2 and 6.5.1)

18 February 2019

On 18-20 Feruary 2019 (Istanbul, Turkey), UNESCO-IHP and UNECE organized  a workshop on Water Cooperation in the context of SDG 6 indicators 6.5.2 (Water Cooperation) and 6.5.1 (Integrated Water Resources Management-IWRM), hosted by the Turkish Water Institute (SUEN).The workshop was organized as part of a series of thematic and sub-regional workshops dedicated to supporting Member States in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, which were organized as follow-up to the recommendations of the UNESCO Member States at the 56th Session of the Bureau of UNESCO IHP, considered also by the 23rd Session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council.

UNESCO and UNECE, as co-custodian Agencies for the monitoring of SDG indicator 6.5.2 have already organized two workshops in Africa and South America, and additional workshops are planned to take place in other regions. The workshop also counted with the participation of UN Environment, custodian Agency for SDG indicator 6.5.1.

The main objective of the meeting was to give the opportunity to participants from countries mainly located in the Mediterranean, Caucasus and Central Asia regions (belonging to the “SDG Regions”: Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia, and Central Asia), to share their experiences regarding transboundary water cooperation and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), receive information about the results of the first reporting cycle of indicators 6.5.2 and 6.5.1, and discuss the next steps to be taken in preparation of the next monitoring cycle of the two indicators, which will begin 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". UNESCO and UNECE have led the development of the step-by-step methodology to calculate indicator 6.5.2. During the first quarter of 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 summary of the first reporting cycle of SDG6 indicator 6.5.2 can be found here.