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UN Water Conference 2023


Amsterdam, 31 August 2021 (TDI): The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Netherlands would be co-hosting the UN-Water Conference in 2023 with Tajikistan.

The Summit will be held for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation (2018-2028). This will be held in March 2023 at the UN Headquarters and will be co-hosted by Tajikistan and Netherlands.

Currently, its preparations are going on in full swing.

Water Action Decade-2018-2028

In 2018, UNG adopted a resolution on the “Midterm comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028”.

According to the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum ranks the water crisis as one of the top three global risks.

Here are the major goals set out by the international community for the decades. During the decade, the international community sets out to:

  •  Advance sustainable development
  • Energize existing programs and projects
  •  Inspire action to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Water has remained one of the important parts of the global

35th UN-Water Meeting 

In October 2021,35th UN-Water Meeting was held as well where the UN-Water Vice-Chair Kelly Ann Naylor recalled the  SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework.

This framework is an important part of the United Nations Secretary General’s work about the SDGs delivery by 2030.

In the meeting Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN 2023 Water Conference highlighted the ideas to foster collaboration on water, address the gaps and develop new initiatives. It was also highlighted that the focus on country-driven results should be encouraged.

It is important to note here that the UN is focusing on priority the SDG 6, Decade of Water Action 2018-2028, and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework in order to reach a collective goal towards sustainability in Water.

This meeting brought together over 110 representatives from Members, Partners, and observers of this UN interagency coordination mechanism.

Egypt will organize a policy dialogue on achieving the SDGs in water-scarce countries on 24 October 2021, in Cairo.


At the United Nations, there are 30 Organisations that carry out programs related to water and sanitation matters. In 1977, a group at the UN with the title Intersecretariate Group for Water Resources and this group coordinated the work of the UN related to water. Later in 2003, United Nations Administrative Coordination Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources was endorsed by the UN System CE Board for Coordination. UN-Water is an important body that has helped deliver and support to help tackle water-related challenges.

This special organization is helping Members and Parters to bring them together to carry out the mandate of informing policies, monitoring, and reporting. This helps to inspire action on water and sanitation related matters.

Over the years since the inception of this important structure, there have been several benchmarks that have been achieved. Along with these, this body help to inform policies, monitoring, and reporting hence inspiring action.

World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March and World Toilet Day on 19 November. UN-Water also releases a World Water Development Report on World Water Day. This year’s theme for World Water Day was “Valuing Water”.

Efforts to inspire action include coordination of the annual observance of World Water Day on 22 March, and World Toilet Day on 19 November. UN-Water releases the annual World Water Development Report (WWDR) on World Water Day.

Like other UN structures, UN-Water has a Chair of UN-Water and is chosen by the UN Executive Heads after consultations in the CEB. The Vice-Chair is elected among the UN-Water Senior Program Managers. The Secretay of the UN-Water is also a Senior Staff Member of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)







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