VIDEO: Minister Mölder invites his colleagues to discuss Water and Peace in Geneva

25.08.2021 | 10:51

To facilitate international cooperation on transboundary waters, Minister of the Environment of Estonia Mr Mölder invites ministers from all over the world to join the High-Level segment of the 9th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention taking place on the 29th September.
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The focus of this important high-level segment will be on the theme ‘’Water and Peace’’. Renowned speakers will discuss how transboundary water cooperation can serve as a catalyst for peace, and how accelerating progress on transboundary water cooperation can help achieve sustainable development. They will also discuss how the Water Convention can foster peace and stability, building on its strong legal framework, unique institutional platform and global participation.

The ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties, taking place from 29 September to 1 October in hybrid format (Geneva and virtual), will be a milestone for reviewing and accelerating progress towards achieving SDG target 6.5 on transboundary water cooperation and discussing challenges and good practices in the implementation of the Convention. Issues such as climate change adaptation, intersectoral “nexus” cooperation and financing transboundary water cooperation will be discussed. The Meeting is expected to endorse a handbook on water allocation in a transboundary context and a practical guide on the development of agreements or other arrangements for transboundary water cooperation. Several publications will be launched, including Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: a synthesis of experiences in transboundary basins and Financing and funding of transboundary water cooperation and basin development. The meeting will also adopt the Convention’s programme of work for 2022-2024.

The Water Convention represents a key United Nations legal and intergovernmental framework promoting the sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation. It is a unique instrument for supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the prevention of conflicts and the promotion of peace and regional integration. Originally negotiated as a regional framework for the pan-European region, the Water Convention was amended to allow accession by all United Nations Member States and is now a global instrument.

Watch the video invitation here: https://youtu.be/cEyU7LucaPw                

The provisional agenda and further information are available on the meeting website: https://unece.org/MOP9_Water_Convention

Karoliine Mäeots

Senior Specialist