International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Global Workshop on the Development of Transboundary Water Cooperation Agreements or other Arrangements

7-8 November 2023, Budapest
On 7-8 November 2023, UNECE in partnership with GEF IW:LEARN, Geneva Water Hub/University of Geneva, Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Northumbria University, World Bank (WB) and others, are organizing a Global Workshop on the Development of Transboundary Water Cooperation Agreements or other Arrangements in Budapest, Hungary.

The key objective of the workshop is to support states, basin organizations, international and regional organizations in discussing and developing, through a step-by-step approach, agreements and other arrangements on transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers. The workshop will provide practical and interactive opportunities for countries and other international and regional actors to learn how to develop sustainable, adaptable and effective transboundary water agreements or to revise existing ones on the basis of case studies from all over the world. Specific attention will be paid to legal and institutional tools and techniques to prevent or mitigate conflict risks and foster cooperation. By sharing insights and experiences, the workshop aims to foster a deeper understanding of how to develop and revise agreements or other agreements that not only enhance transboundary water cooperation but also mitigate potential conflicts and may contribute to support peace in fragile contexts. The workshop builds on the publication entitled “Practical Guide for the Development of Agreements or Other Arrangements for Transboundary Water Cooperation” (Practical Guide).

The workshop is targeted at government representatives, legal and technical experts, and decision-makers directly engaged in the processes of negotiation and establishment of new agreements, revision of existing agreements or other arrangements for transboundary waters. Targeted participants will also include representatives of joint bodies’ secretariats, Parties of existing joint bodies/Conventions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations promoting transboundary water cooperation, experts, and academia.

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