SS-42(A) Part I - The scientific underpinnings of global water law instruments: the UN Watercourses Convention, the UNECE Water Convention, and ILC Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers

Topic: A. Bridging science and policy
Date: 2017-06-02
Time from: 09:00:00
Time to: 10:30:00
Room: Salón Coba

The 1997 UN Watercourses Convection, the 1992 UNECE Water Convention, and the 2008 ILC Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers are all the outcome of political processes. However, each instrument, while legal, was informed to a great or lesser extent by science and scientific experts. The purpose of this special session is to compare how science underpins each of the aforementioned legal instruments, and what processes were in place (formal and informal) to engage scientific experts in their drafting. In addition, the session seeks to explore how contemporary science can help inform and strengthen the implementation of, and compliance with, the commitments set out in the instruments.