Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 21 May 1997.
Entered into force on 17 August 2014.
This is the only treaty governing shared freshwater resources that is of universal applicability. It provides a framework of principles and rules that may be applied and adjusted to suit the characteristics of particular international watercourses. It represents an important contribution to the strengthening of the rule of law in this increasingly critical field of international relations and to the protection and preservation of international watercourses. In an era of increasing water scarcity, it is to be hoped that the Convention’s influence will continue to grow.