CEDARE participates, as an observer organization, in the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention in Astana, Kazakhstan during the period of 10-12 October, 2018. The 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is administered by a Secretariat at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The Convention is now open for accession by Non-European countries. As of October 2018, 41 European countries and the European Union are parties to the Convention. Chad also became party to the Convention in May of 2018, and Senegal will become party to Convention in November of 2018.