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Water Policy & Practice
Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

25-27 November 2013 | Oslo, Norway

The third session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 3) to the Protocol on Water and Health to the UN Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) took place from 25-27 November 2013, in Oslo, Norway, organized by the UNECE and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

The meeting, which brought together representatives and observers from government, civil society, academia and international and regional organizations, addressed: the status of implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health; review of past activities and discussion of future activities in the different areas of work, including target setting and reporting, surveillance and early warning systems, project facilitation mechanism, compliance procedure, promotion of the Protocol and advocacy, public awareness, equitable access, and capacity building and sharing of experience; the Protocol and relevant global processes and initiatives; the Programme of Work for 2014-2016, terms of reference bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation; partners in cooperation; and other business. The high-level segment included the Special Session on Equitable Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation, which took place on 25 November, the subject of this short briefing note. ...more

View of Oslo from Holmenkollen (photo courtesy of the Government of Norway)
View of Oslo from Holmenkollen (photo courtesy of the Government of Norway)
Funding for coverage of this Session has been provided by the
UN Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE)
and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe)
Related Links
Session resources

*Session website

*Session annotated provisional agenda

*Session concept note

*Draft programme of work 2014-2016

*Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

*Online streaming of the High-Level Segment, 25 November 2013, 2:30 pm - 5:30pm


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of High-Level Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 21-22 March 2013, The Hague, Netherlands

*IISD RS coverage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality, 27-28 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), 28-30 November 2012, Rome, Italy

*5th World Water Forum, 16-22 March 2009, Istanbul, Turkey

*Water-L - A news and announcement list on water policy issues

*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*POST2015-L - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Post-2015 Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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