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UNECE Water Convention

WWF asks the member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) to accept the 2003 Amendments that open up the convention for accession by non-member states.
The UNECE Water Convention promotes joint management and conservation of shared freshwater ecosystems in Europe and neighbouring regions. In 2003, agreement was reached, in principle, for the UNECE Water Convention to be opened up to non-UNECE member states. Now, that decision must be followed by a formal approval from the European Community and all the 33 individual states that were parties to the Convention at the time. Only then will its decision-making body start considering requests by countries outside the UNECE region to join. At this time, 23 parties have accepted the 2003 Amendments.

More details about the UNECE Water Convention and its 2003 Amendments are available here.

1) UNECE Water Convention

Text of the UNECE Water Convention (official English version)

Status of ratification: See the UNECE member states that have joined the UNECE Water Convention.

2) 2003 Amendments to the UNECE Water Convention: 

Status of the amendments to the UNECE Water Convention: See which countries have taken the lead in opening the UNECE Water Convention to non-UNECE member states. 


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