Transboundary Governance for Resilience and Development

Governance of transboundary waters requires both agreements and cooperation among states and among stakeholders at various levels. Currently water cooperation is underfinanced as multilevel governance makes the processes complex. Often development partners shy away from engaging in initiatives that transcends the life time of a single project and carries risk. Process related financing for growth and development in basins are essential. The processes need to be context specific and involve relevant stakeholders. Often cooperation may not be possible at the official level and in such cases alternative cooperation can be useful. The session will explore the advantages of multilevel governance and the legal and institutional frameworks that enable cooperation. An interactive session is planned and draws on participants' expertise to clarify the challenge and opportunities of cooperation and articulation of multi-level and cross-sectorial governance, as well as possible roadmaps and agenda that States can develop to that end.

13:00    Welcome and Introduction/Overview of Session. Dr. Anders Jägerskog, UNDP Shared Waters Partnership/SIWI

13:10    Opening Address

  • Dr. Andrew Hudson, UNDP
  • Keynote Speech. Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba, Minister of Electricity, Water and Irrigation, South Sudan


Bridging the Gap - The Challenge of Adaptive, Multilevel Water Governance

13:35    Introduction. Mr. Keith Alverson, UNEP

13:45    Information to Support Decision Making in the Nile Basin. Mr. AbdulKarim Mohammed, NBI

13:55    Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-level Governance - How to Implement International and Regional Frameworks in a National and Local Context. Dr. Alejandro Iza, IUCN

14:05    From Cooperation to Transformational Investments in Transboundary Waters in Africa. Mr.Gustavo Saltiel, WB

14:15    Questions & Answers


14:25    Regional Examples of Best

  • Ms. Mitzela Davila, IUCN
  • Dr. Lalita Rammont, IUCN
  • Mr. Patrick Safarii, GWP
  • Mr. Teferra Beyene,  NileSEC


15:00    Coffee Break


15:15    Expert Discussion

  • Dr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee
  • Ms. Sonja Koeppel, UNECE
  • Mr. Simon Thuo, GWP
  • Dr. Maria Donoso, Maria Donoso, GWSP

15:45    Committing for Building Transboundary Resilience and Development. Mr. Gustavo Saltiel, WB , Dr. Ania Grobicki, GWP, and H.E. Amb Stanislas Kamanzi , Minister for Natural Resources, Republic of Rwanda, and Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN

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