Transboundary water cooperation is critical for ensuring sustainable management of water resources and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Across the world, 153 countries share rivers, lakes and aquifers. Transboundary basins cover more than half of the Earth’s land surface, account for an estimated 60 per cent of global freshwater flow and are home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population.
UNECE calls for active strategies to meet older migrants’ economic, social and healthcare needs
Published: 04 March 2016
Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan highlights lack of access to clean water and sanitation and need for improved waste management
With the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean, the first meeting of the Drin Core Group took place on 30 May 2012 in Ohrid, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This was the first meeting of the Core Group as the official joint body according to the memorandum of understanding signed on 25 November 2011 in Tirana by the five Drin River Riparians — Albania, Greece, Kosovo (United Nations administered region under security council resolution 1244), Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
29 May 2012 – At a meeting of the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (NPD IWRM) in Tajikistan, held on 25 May in Dushanbe, it was decided to finalize a Water Sector Reform Strategy for irrigation, drainage and drinking water in Tajikistan in October 2012.
Afghan and Tajik water and environment experts meeting in Dushanbe from 27 to 29 March 2011 agreed to establish cooperation to address pressing issues on their shared upper part of the Amu Darya River Basin.
As a result of the meeting, a bilateral working group will be set up to pursue further work, including joint hydrological monitoring and exchange of information on the Pyanj River, an upstream tributary to the Amu Darya that marks the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Joint expeditions are also planned to review the status of threatened ecosystems.
On Monday, 28 November 2011, Government representatives of Azerbaijan and Georgia met in Baku to discuss a draft bilateral agreement on the shared water resources of the Kura River Basin as part of a joint United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) project under the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC). The consultations were constructive and will result in a revised draft for discussion by the two Governments.
Without any doubt, water supply and sanitation, together with energy, have contributed to a major change of living conditions in mankind’s history.
There is also wide agreement on the importance of water supply and sanitation systems to environmental issues and health problems, social services, poverty alleviation, sustainable water resources management, food production and security, drinking-water supply and water-related natural disasters.
Geneva, 14 October 2010 -- The 2010 Economic Forum of the United Nations Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) on 18 and 19 October in Geneva will discuss how strengthened regional cooperation in Central Asia can contribute to the long-term stability and sustainable development of Afghanistan. SPECA, established in 1998, has seven member countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
2010 SPECAL ECONOMIC FORUM
Regional cooperation has long been held as an important tool for the sustainable development of Central Asia.
Geneva, 23 September 2010 -- The UNECE-led National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in Georgia was officially initiated on 14-17 September 2010 in Tbilisi. Over these four days, the representative of the UNECE Water Convention Secretariat held a series of meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, other ministries, private companies, NGOs and international donor organizations involved in water management in Georgia.
The National Policy Dialogue on IWRM in Georgia focuses on three major …
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