UN side event: Green Cross, WWF

The “Transboundary Waters, Climate Change and Good Governance: what role for the UN Watercourses Convention (UNWC)” event was held on 14 June 2012 at Rio+20 Rio Centro Convention Centre.

Transboundary water issues have cross-cutting implications for the aims of Rio+20. This side event focused on the UN Watercourses Convention as a tool to fill in gaps in the institutional framework for sustainable development, and also as a framework to address water-related impacts from climate change in the context of a green economy. 

The side event consisted of a panel discussion, with the participation of below experts and representatives from governments, international organizations, and civil society. It was followed by a ceremony celebrating progress in the ratification process of the UNWC, during which invited contracting states were presented with a WWF Leaders for a Living Planet award. The ceremony also acknowledged the governments prepared to announce that their countries are considering the UNWC, have started its ratification process, or expect to complete it ahead of or in the course of 2013, the International Year of Water Cooperation

Speakers include :
  • Marisa Arienza, Green Cross Argentina 
  • Per Bertilsson, Acting Executive Director, SIWI 
  • Lasse Gustvsson, Executive Director, Conservation, WWF
  • Linda A. Reid, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin
  • Tarja Reponen, Finish Ambassador for Sustainable Development
  • Flavia Rocha Loures, Coordinator, UNWC Global Initiative, WWF
  • Thomas Stratenwerth, German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Jean-Pierre Thebault, French Ambassador to the Environment
  • Marie-Laure Vercambre, Director, Freshwater Program, Green Cross International
  • Government of Nigeria (tbc)

Countries receiving the Leaders for a Living Planet Award: Denmark, France , Luxembourg

Non-Parties making statements, announcements and/or commitments: Honduras (tbc), Ireland, Niger, UK

For more information, email gcinternational@gci.ch

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