December 12, 2013: The Glasgow Statement on International Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers is an outcome of the International Roundtable Conference on International Water Conference and Transboundary Aquifers, an official event of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation.
The statement mentions law one of the key elements to be taken into account in the management of transboundary aquifers. It also encourages mutually supportive approaches in the promotion and joint implementation of the United Nations Watercourses Convention, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Water Convention and the International Law Commission Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers. The Statement also strengthens the importance of ongoing and future capacity building in transboundary aquifers and water resources management more generally.
The International Roundtable Conference on International Water Conference and Transboundary Aquifers was organised by the University of Strathclyde (Law School, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Accounting and Finance) in collaboration with CIFAL Scotland in Glasgow on 15-16 October 2013. The conference was supported by the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde and was organised in partnership with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), UNESCO-IHP (International Hydrological Programme), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists), DFID (Department for International Development), SA Water Forum, and the University of Dundee. The Conference was the University of Strathclyde's contribution to the UN International Year of Water Cooperation.