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Hybrid Event // Ninth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP9) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Government of Estonia. The event takes place on 29 September to 1 October, and will be in a hybrid format, in the Palais des Nations/Geneva and virtual. On the first day, GWP Executive Secretary Darío Soto-Abril will be a panellist in a high-level special segment on the theme of “Water and Peace”. Side events connected to the MOP9 will be held on 27-28 September.

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The meeting will be a milestone for reviewing and accelerating progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 6.5, discussing challenges and good practices related to transboundary water cooperation and the role of the Convention.

More than 500 representatives of Ministries responsible for water, environment, foreign affairs and development cooperation - from both Parties and non-Parties to the Convention - together with representatives of joint bodies, international and non-governmental organisations and academia from all regions of the world are expected to attend.

On 29 September, the special session on “Water and Peace” will provide an opportunity to highlight and discuss the role of transboundary water cooperation in fostering trust, stability and peace. It will offer a high-level platform for an open dialogue on the role of water in sustainable development, regional integration, cooperation and peace in transboundary basins and beyond. A concept note of the session is available here.

Agenda for the ninth session:

Please click on the English, French, Russian and Spanish version of the Agenda

The meeting will feature the launch of five new publications to support transboundary water cooperation:

  • Practical Guide for the development of agreements or other arrangements for transboundary water cooperation;
  • The Handbook on water allocation in a transboundary context;
  • The publication “Financing and funding transboundary water cooperation and basin development”;
  • The publication “Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: a synthesis of experiences in transboundary basins”; and
  • The publication “The second progress report on the Water Convention“

Finally, the meeting will adopt the Convention’s programme of work for 2022-2024.

Full details, including materials and registration, are available on the dedicated UNECE webpage.

WEFE Nexus Side Event

In connection to the MOP9, the global GWP office is organizing the following side event:

Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus: Operationalising solutions, strengthening transboundary cooperation

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Date and time: Monday, 27 September, 14:00-15:30 CEST
Organiser: GWP
Short description: Stories from practitioners and a panel discussion will illustrate field experience regarding the potentials in using the nexus approach to operationalise solutions for advancing transboundary cooperation and sustainable water resources management.


Introduction and moderation

  • Julienne Roux and Dimitris Faloutsos, GWP

Welcome by Water Convention

  • Lucia de Strasser, UNECE

Key note address on using the nexus approach for advancing transboundary cooperation

  • M. Abderahim Bireme Hamid, Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority

Practitioners share stories

Pitch followed by story-telling and exchange in small groups

  • Cesar Carmona-Moreno, Team Leader of Water Management in Developing Countries, European Commission – Joint Research Centre
  • Dr Moussa Ibrahim, Nexus - Niger Basin Authority, Technical Advisor for Nexus Regional Dialogues in Niger Basin, implemented by GIZ
  • Tassos Krommydas, Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean
  • Gidon Bromberg, Co-Director of EcoPeace Middle East in Israel
  • Hastings Chibuye, Programme Manager for the Zambezi Water Information System, Zambezi Watercourse Commission

Le nexus eau – sécurité alimentaire – énergie – écosystèmes: Opérationnaliser des solutions, renforcer la cooperation transfrontière

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Date et here: Lundi 27 September, 14:00-15:30 CEST
Organisateur: Partenariat Mondial de l’Eau (Global Water Partnership – GWP)
Résumé: Des études de cas partagées par des praticiens et un panel permettront d’illustrer par des expériences de terrain le potentiel de l’approche nexus dans l’opérationnalisation de solutions permettant de faire progresser la coopération tranfrontière et la gestion durable des ressources en eau.

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Invitation to Ministers to join the High-Level segment of the Water Convention MOP9

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