Title

The status of the UN Watercourses Convention: does it still hold water?

Document Type

Article

Publication Year

2020

Journal Title

International Journal of Water Resources Development

DOI

10.1080/07900627.2019.1690979

Abstract

When the UN General Assembly adopted the Watercourses Convention in 1997, it was heralded as a major milestone in the evolution of international water law. Yet, more than 20 years later and five years since it came into force, enthusiasm for the instrument appears to have waned. Based on patterns in the UNGA vote and assorted ratifications, and statements of various delegates to the UN’s International Law Committee, Sixth Committee and General Assembly, positions on the convention’s text are explored to uncover possible reasons for its diminishing appeal. Other externalities are also considered in terms of the convention’s viability.

First Page

1

Last Page

33

Num Pages

33

Short Title

Status of the UN Watercourses Convention

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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