Working Paper.2023

Water Cooperation for Accelerated Agenda 2030 Implementation: Special focus on transboundary water cooperation in Africa

This working paper highlights some initial water cooperation trends as assessed in the upcoming Water Cooperation Global Outlook Report, due to be launched later this year.

Since 2022, the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) has been undertaking an initiative to promote water cooperation around the world. The initiative assesses the status and trends of water cooperation at different scales and analyses country preparedness, policy insights, and options to cooperate on water. This analysis supports contextualized water cooperation solutions, advocating their importance to national and international decision-makers and water managers.

This working paper sets out the case that many countries and shared water basins are facing cooperation deficits, outlining cooperation trends and the importance of progress on water cooperation across sectors, stakeholders, scales and borders, for improved water security. The special focus on Africa undertook a water cooperation assessment in 32 basins in Africa and initial conclusions are presented.

The working paper will be launched during the World Water Week 2023 Session on Water Cooperation Innovations for Accelerated SDG 2030 Agenda Implementation.

International Centre for Water Cooperation

The ICWC generates and shares knowledge on water cooperation. The Centre contributes to context-specific solutions for cooperation over shared freshwater resources. ICWC is hosted by SIWI under the auspices of UNESCO.

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