UN 2023 Water Conference

New York, USA
Event Date

UN 2023 Water Conference
UN 2023 Water Conference

On 22-24 March 2023, the UN 2023 Water Conference will be held at the United Nations building in New York, USA. This 3-day event, co-hosted by the governments of The Netherlands and Tajikistan, will be the first UN Water Conference in 46 years. This 2023 edition will focus on commitments to action, sustained and scalable implementation and decent follow-up and review processes. IGRAC will be involved in following three side events and will advocate for its Open Water Data commitment.

Side events inside UN HQ

Global network of isotope-enabled water analysis laboratories (HQ21)

Wednesday 22 March | 12:30 - 13:45 | Side event room 8 

This side event will focus on the proposed establishment of a network of isotope-enabled water laboratories. The IAEA is proposing to collaborate with financial and scientific partners to develop a network of water analysis laboratories that are isotope-enabled. This network would form the backbone of the IAEA’s technical capacity development actions and would have both global and regional applications. The network would provide countries with the ability and means to generate the data and information they need to better understand their water resources and to plan, implement and interrogate actions that support national water governance and resilience of supply.

Committing to advance transboundary water cooperation worldwide for sustainable development, climate action, stability and peace (HQ109)

Thursday 23 March | 18:30 - 19:45 | ECOSOC

This side event is organised by the Transboundary Water Cooperation Coalition and will highlight commitments made to the water action agenda by countries and stakeholders, including basin organizations, aiming to improve transboundary water cooperation. Highlighted commitments will address different dimensions: Legal and institutional, Data, information, knowledge and technical support, Capacity development and Funding and financing. 

Groundwater: An invisible cross-sectoral fundament for implementation of the water action agenda (HQ144)

Friday 24 March | 08:00 - 09:15 | Trusteeship

This side event is a follow up of the UN-Water Groundwater Summit 2022 “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible” co-organised by IGRAC and UNESCO-IHP on 6-8 December 2022. It builds on its outcomes and on the related “Joint UN-Water Message and Call for Action on Groundwater “prepared by the Un-Water Summit Task Force and that was sent to all Member States asking for voluntary commitments. The side event is about calling for concrete actions across the globe and across the sectors, with commitment and full engagement of major stakeholders.

Side event outside UN HQ

Water Footprint Compensation - a globally novel method to accelerate progress on SDG6

Friday 24 March | 11:30 - 13:30 | Water House at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, 666 Third Avenue 21st floor

Water Footprint Implementation, together with academic and private sector partners, are launching Water Footprint Compensation, a novel method for mitigating the negative impacts of water consumption, and a platform for matching organizations with fitting compensation projects. To implement compensation projects, easy access to water data is crucial. This is why WFI has joined IGRAC on their #OpenWaterData campaign and commitment. IGRAC will present their campaign and benefits thereof.

To attend this side event, please RSVP through the webform below.