The UNWC Global Initiative

In early 2006, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) launched a global initiative to promote the UN Watercourses Convention and accelerate its entry into force. This initiative has mobilised a range of actors including governments, international organisations, academics and others in an effort to raise awareness, build capacity and support countries interested in ratifying the Convention. To date, the UNWC Global Initiative includes partners such as Green Cross International, UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO), the Global Nature Fund and many others. Activities of the UNWC Global initiative have largely centred on addressing the barriers to ratification, such a low levels of awareness and a weak understanding of the role and relevance of the Convention within particular regions.

Partners of the UNWC Global Initiative have therefore sought to raise awareness of the Convention through symposia, presentations and special sessions at global, regional and country-specific conferences and other meetings. In order to deepen knowledge and understanding of the relevance of the Convention, the Initiative has conducted research studies related to the relevance of the UN Watercourses Convention in various regions, basins and countries, including Central America, South America, Europe, West Africa, Congo, Southern Africa, East Africa, Aral Sea and South East Asia. Such assessments have formed a basis for conducting consultations and training workshops at the country level throughout the world.

Activities of the UNWC Global Initiative have also involved developing a wide range of materials, including policy briefs, academic journal papers, an edited book, research reports and the User’s Guide.

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