What is the history of the UN Watercourses Convention?
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017
The Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses entered into force on the 17 August 2014, 90 days after the 35th country (Viet Nam) acceded to the convention.
The convention has a long history. In 1970, the UN General Assembly in resolution 2669 (XXV) recommended that that the International Law Commission take up the study of the topic.
The International Law Commission did take up the study starting in 1971 and issued the draft articles in 1994. For a complete guide to the work of the International Law Commission's on this subject, see the Analytical Guide of the International Law Commission's entry for the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.
In Resolution 51/229, the General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.
The Audiovisual Library of International Law has a much more detailed account of the drafting history of the convention, including links to the relevant documents and videos of statements made by member states. There is, as well, a lecture by Stephen C. McCaffrey on the convention in the Lecture Series section of the Audiovisual Library.
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