Water is a dealmaker for the Sustainable Development Goals, and for the health and prosperity of people and planet. But our progress on water-related goals and targets remains alarmingly off track, jeopardizing the entire sustainable development agenda.
The UN 2023 Water Conference – formally known as the 2023 Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation (2018-2028) – will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, 22-24 March 2023, co-hosted by the Government of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
This will be only the second UN Conference dedicated to water, following the Conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1977, and will provide a unique opportunity to undertake commitments and accelerate action towards achieving SDG 6 and other internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those set out in the 2030 Development Agenda. With an opening and closing session, six plenary sessions, and five interactive dialogues, as well as side events organized by participants, the conference will embrace the principles of inclusion, cross-sectoral responsibility and action orientation. It will result in a summary of proceedings from the UNGA President that will feed into the 2023 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
The World Bank is engaged in multiple events, side events, and discussions. In addition, we're hosting a Water Knowledge Space in the Riverview Room (Floor 28) of the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza Hotel.
You can follow along via Twitter using #WaterAction.