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16 February 2022, Interactive Online Session: Does the design of a Transboundary Water Agreement matter?


Mara Tignino and Komlan Sangbana participate in the interactive online session « Does the design of a Transboundary Water Agreement matter? ».

The event is co-organized by the Global Water Partnership, UNECE, Northumbria University and Wuhan International Water Law Academy.

Objectives of the session and programme

Results from the most recent monitoring exercise under SDG indicator 6.5.2 show that only 32 countries have operational arrangements covering 90% or more of shared rivers, lakes, and aquifers. A major effort is needed to develop operational arrangements for basins where they are lacking, and in turn support the SDG 6.5 target of implementing integrated water resources management in all countries by 2030. 

The aim of the online session is to explore the importance of design in the development and implementation of agreements and other arrangements on transboundary waters. Through an introduction to the Practical Guide for the Development of Agreements or Other Arrangements for Transboundary Water Cooperation, the session will explore whether there are key ingredients that should structure these agreements and other arrangements. An expert drafting Group has developed the Practical Guide within the framework of the 1992 Water Convention. It is not legally binding and does not supersede the provisions of the Convention.

The session will feature speakers with different experiences discussing the following topics:

The confirmed speakers for the plenary session are:

  • Dr. Yumiko Yasuda (Event moderator), Senior Network & Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, Global Water Partnership
  • Professor Alistair Rieu-Clarke (Co-Chair) School of Law, Northumbria University
  • Dr Komlan Sangbana, UNECE (Co-Chair), Legal Officer, UNECE
  • Dr Mara Tignino, Reader at the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, and Lead Legal Specialist of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub
  • Alexandros Kolliopoulos, Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece
  • Dr Phani Livada, Independent International Law Expert
  • Niokhor Ndour, Director of Water Resources Management and Planning, Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Senegal (FRA).

Registration is required. Please sign up here.

Link to the event page on GWP website: Interactive Online Session: Does the design of a Transboundary Water Agreement matter? - GWP

16 févr. 2022