Slovenia to host the next session of the MOP to the Water Convention and assume the presidency of the Convention
The second and third days of the 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Water Convention were held in Geneva.
During the general segment, national delegations discussed important topics of modern transboundary and integrated water management and the operations of the Convention, such as the global expansion of the Convention’s membership, development of agreements and bilateral and international water management bodies, elections to the Implementation Committee, the monitoring of the status of transboundary waters and exchange of data on transboundary waters, equitable and sustainable water allocation, nexus assessments, adaptation to climate change, water and industrial accidents, the programme of work for 2022–2024, reporting under the Water Convention and on Indicator 6.5.2, and the financing of the Convention. New handbooks were presented on equitable and sustainable water allocation, the establishment of joint water management bodies and ways of financing them. Slovenia took part in the debate as the EU Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU and presented the coordinated positions of the European Union and its Member States on selected agenda items.
At the end of the session, the States Parties adopted the conclusions. The session accepted Slovenia’s candidacy for hosting the MOP10 in 2024 in Slovenia and for holding the presidency of the Convention from 2024 to 2027. On this occasion, Ambassador Anita Pipan, the Head of the Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, and other international organisations in Geneva, thanked the Parties and stressed the importance of the Convention for transboundary water cooperation. She presented the starting points of Slovenia’s presidency and the basic guidelines of the Convention's work in the period between 2024 and 2027.
The 9th session of the Parties to the Convention, held in a hybrid format, was attended by more than 500 high-level representatives and members of delegations of State Parties to the Convention, international organisations and other participants from the pan-European region, Africa, Central Asia and South America.