On June 16, 2021, the International Water Assessment Center (IWAC) participated in the online session "Transboundary Watersheds: Shared Basins for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace". The online session was held within the framework the European Development Days forum, which in turn is held annually with the support of the European Commission.
The online session was devoted to discussing the impact of cross-border cooperation, hydrodiplomacy and integrated basin management on the successful solution of climate change problems, conflict prevention and promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Green Deal.
Participants discussed ways to strengthen cross-border cooperation in the context of existing legal and institutional frameworks, such as the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. They also reviewed examples of how basin agreements and institutions promote development and facilitate investment and stability between countries, and discussed the role of various international organizations in supporting this process.
The session concluded with the recommendations on integrating cross-border cooperation into the foreign and development policies of countries through the prism of development, humanitarian activities, peacekeeping and the NEXUS approach.
The online session was organized by the UNECE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the EU. The online session was attended by representatives of government agencies of the countries parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, representatives of international organizations and the private sector.