The EU policy promoting water cooperation across the world is built on the long tradition of cooperation and vast experience and knowledge of the management of trans-boundary waters in Europe.
The EU draws particular attention to the situation around the Nile basin and in Central Asia. The EU continueS working closely with the countries concerned in these areas to further facilitate sustainable and collaborative solutions taking into account existing initiatives. EU water diplomacy also follows closely the developments in other parts of the world, concerning crossborder water security, such as in the Middle East, the Mekong River or the Sahel region.
The EU encourages the promotion of international agreements on water cooperation. The relevant UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Helsinki 1992) and United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (New York 1997) are important instruments to promote equitable, sustainable and integrated management of trans-boundary water resources.
The EU also recognises that international partnerships are essential for addressing effectively water diplomacy challenges and promotes global ownership and cooperation on the promotion of sustainable and equitable management of water.