International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Global workshop on funding and financing transboundary water cooperation and basin development

5-6 December 2023, Geneva
On 5-6 December 2023, the Water Convention secretariat (serviced by UNECE), under the leadership of Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and the Netherlands (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and in cooperation with Senegal (Ministry of Water and Sanitation), the Asian Development Bank (ADB); the Global Environment Facility (GEF); the Global Environment Facility International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (GEF IW:LEARN), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);the United Nations Capital Development Funds (UNCDF); and the World Bank ,are organizing the Global workshop on funding and financing transboundary water cooperation and basin development, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The workshop builds on the first global workshop on financing transboundary water cooperation organized virtually in 2020, in partnership with numerous partners, including IFIs, to discuss the various funding needs and potential financing and funding sources from the public and private sectors, followed by a publication entitled Funding and Financing of Transboundary Water Cooperation and Basin Development.

The main objective of this second global workshop is to support countries and RBOs in further mobilizing funding and financing resources for transboundary water cooperation and basin development.

This will be achieved through interactive exchanges between the countries, RBOs, and the financing community. The financing community includes here governments (Ministry of Finance), International Financial Institutions (IFIs), Climate Funds, bilateral donors, and private financiers (e.g. institutional investors, commercial banks, asset managers, impact investors).

More specifically, the workshop will provide a platform for:

• Countries and RBOs to share experiences, challenges and good practices in mobilizing financial resources for transboundary water cooperation, management and development activities from different sources - presenting financial strategies which could be replicated;

• Countries, RBOs and the finance community to exchange between each other and identify together how to further match basin’s needs with financing opportunities through roundtables and thematic interactive discussions enabling cross-learning, mutual understanding and networking;

• IFIs and private financers (when relevant) to share information on their financing and funding priorities, financial mechanisms and requirements for countries and RBOs to access their financial support for transboundary water cooperation and management activities.

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