The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt around the
world and worsening existing challenges, including poverty, economic
downturn, food and energy insecurity and political instability.
Resilience at all scales requires everyone to have safe water, adequate
sanitation and hygiene. This in turn depends on water resources that are dependable, accessible and good quality.
of global freshwater flow comes from transboundary basins. To improve
the management of these, several activities and tools have been
developed under the United Nations Transboundary Water Convention,
supported by SDC's Global Programme Water. These support resource
recovery and pollution prevention efforts in Africa, Asia and Latin
America. Activities include:
example of how the project addresses the second aspect is by creating
publicly available information and by increasing awareness and capacity
on why financing access to water and sanitation and transboundary water
cooperation are increasingly important to prevent future crises.
However, crises are likely to affect the availability of financial
resources to support transboundary water cooperation processes.
the Water Convention is preparing a background study on financing
transboundary water cooperation. When complete, they will organize a
global workshop on this topic, jointly with international financial
institutions like UNCDF and GEF. Switzerland (through the GPW) is
actively involved in this working group, together with Senegal and The
The Water Convention is open for new signatories.
Senegal and Chad became new state parties in 2018/2019 and other African
countries are in the process of joining, including Ghana.
“Working together for better and more sustainable water management is as important in times of pandemic as it is in times of drought. In fact, cooperation around water is an excellent tool for resilience!"Quote from a representative of the Ministry of Water in Senegal at a recent virtual online conference, Geneva, 26 May 2020
Website: Finacing transboundary water cooperation