On 11 October 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan, DPhil. Mārtiņš Paparinskis, Reader (Associate Professor) of University College London, was elected to the Implementation Committee (a body of independent experts) of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.
At the same time he is also a member of the Council of Independent Experts in International and European Law established by the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in 2016.
The purpose of the Convention is to enhance national and international efforts and measures for the protection and management of transboundary waters, and ensuring ecological balance.
The Implementation Committee consists of nine members with experience and recognized expertise in various fields related to the Convention, including environmental experts, biologists, chemists and lawyers, whose aim is to facilitate, promote and protect the implementation of the Convention and to ensure its application and compliance. An expert is elected to the Committee for a term of six years.
The election was held as part of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Convention from 10 through 12 October.
The Convention was adopted in Helsinki in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. It has been ratified by 43 UN member states. Latvia ratified the Convention in 1996.
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