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Spain takes international water treaty past half way mark

Oct 1st, 2009 |

New York

Spain late last month boosted efforts to bring into effect an international treaty to share and protect rivers and lakes crossing or forming international borders, telling the United Nations General Assembly it was committed to jointly addressing issues of security, development and protection of the environment.

The International Convention on the Non-Navigational Use of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention), drew the support of an overwhelming majority of nations when passed by the UN in 1997 as the framework for resolving water disputes and promoting cooperation on water management between States.

But, even as the world grew more anxious about dwindling water supplies and the growing impacts of climate change, the treaty languished for more than a decade well short of the 35 ratifications needed for it to come into effect. Spain becomes the 18th nation to ratify the convention.

“Spain taking the ratifications for the UN Watercourses Convention more than half way is tremendous news for a world worried about water,” said WWF Director General James Leape. WWF logo

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The EWP strongly support the ratification of the UN Watercourses Convention.





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