18 Nov 2014, 14:00 - 16:00 UTC

UN Watercourses Convention – a global treaty to handle water disputes and protect the water resource?

In 1997, more than 100 nations gathered to adopt the UN Watercourses Convention – a flexible and overarching global legal framework that establishes basic standards and rules for cooperation between watercourse states on the use, management, and protection of international watercourses. On 17 August the convention finally entered into force after Viet Nam became the 35th to sign it.

What impact will this have on international waters? How can we ensure efficient implementation and what role can Sweden take in promoting the convention?

Venue name: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Venue address: Linnégatan 87A, 100 55, Stockholm


Moderator: Anna Forslund, Programme Manager, SIWI

14.00 Introduction to the global water situation
Jens Berggren, Director Stockholm Water Prize, SIWI

14.20 UN Watercourses Convention as a tool for sustainable water resource management
Lesha Witmer, Special Advisor, International Water Law, WWF International

14.50 Experiences from the field – what difference can the convention make?
Danka Thalmeinerova, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, Global Water Partnership

15.10 Panel Discussion
Lesha Witmer, WWF International
Danka Thalmeinerova, Global Water Partnership
Jens Berggren, SIWI
Ana Gren, SIDA

15.40 Questions from the audience

16.00 Close of seminar

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Linnégatan 87A
100 55

Water governanceWater cooperation
18 Nov 2014, 14:00 - 16:00 UTC