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.

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.

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

GWP Side Events

In connection to the MOP9, the global GWP office and GWP Mediterranean are organising two side events - details as follow:

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

MOP9 side event 27 September

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. Concept note and agenda.

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

MOP9 side event 27 September

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.

Veuillez utiliser ce lien pour vous inscrire à cet événement.

Transboundary collaboration from source to sea – Opportunities for action

Source to Sea Side Event MOP9

Date and time: Monday, 27 September, 12:00-13:30 CEST
Organisers: S2S Platform, SIWI, UNDP, IW:Learn, GWP, UNECE
Short description: This event will showcase experiences from transboundary basins and large marine ecosystems and discuss needs for accelerating action to address source-to-sea issues as part of transboundary cooperation.

Please use this link to register for this side event.

Women, Water and Peace

MOP9 side event 28 September

Date and time: Tuesday, 28 September, 14:00-15:30 CEST
Organisers: Geneva Water Hub and GWP Mediterranean
Short description: The side event aims to highlight the value of female empowerment for promoting transboundary water cooperation. The event will engage female and male representatives of governments as well as regional and international organisations.