More than 15 countries express their interest to join the Water Convention at historic eighth Meeting of the Parties in Astana. As global momentum builds in support of transboundary water cooperation worldwide, more than 15 countries from outside the Pan-European region have announced their interest to ratify the Water Convention. These accessions can reinforce transboundary cooperation agreements all over the world, which is crucial, given that in most transboundary basins, cooperation is not fit to deal with the growing water crisis.
This came as more than 600 participants from around 90 countries gathered in Astana, Kazakhstan for the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 8) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), held 10 to 12 October. The meeting, which was co-organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which services the Water Convention, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, was the first MOP to take place in Asia and with Parties from Africa.