Announcement of the Water Changemaker Innovation Awards 2023 Finalists

The Water Changemaker Innovation Awards 2023 is proud to announce the top 30 finalists selected from a pool of innovative and impactful projects dedicated to addressing water-related challenges worldwide. The finalists will be announced during a hybrid event held on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, 22 September 2023.

When: 22 September, 14:00 – 15:15 CET
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The Water Changemaker Innovation Awards 2023 was launched on 6 July 2023, in Songsan, South Korea, during the International Asia Water Week, the largest gathering on water in Asia. The Global Water Changemakers Award is a global initiative that aims to recognise high-level commitment and leadership for climate resilient water investments and showcase the most promising climate resilient innovations with the greatest potential for scale, replication, and further investment to support a water-secure world.

During the event on 22 September, the Water Changemaker Innovation Awards will:

  • Officially announce the top 30 Finalists
  • Showcase the innovative initiatives undertaken by these top 30 Finalists, aimed atstrengthening climate resilience in the water sector.
  • Present the Vision Statement outlining the goals and the roadmap for the 2023 Changemakersevent during COP 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, focused on global water changemakers.

More on the event here

Time (CET)

Draft Agenda


Opening of the Water Changemakers session

Welcome Remarks
Pablo Bereciartua, Chair Global Water Partnership

Remarks from representative of the Chair of the Water Changemaker 2023 Awards 
H.E Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana  
Hon. ThulaganoMerafeMinister of Communications, Knowledge, and Technology, Botswana 

Introductory video Water Changemakers  
H.E.Ban Ki-Moon, 8th UN Secretary General 
Saroj Kumar Jha, Director of Water, World Bank 

Congratulatory Remarks
Seog-dae Yun, CEO of K-water

14: 30

Announcement of the process
Andiswa Nyongwana, Water and Climate Assistant Programme Coordinator, Global Water Partnership

14: 40

Next Steps on the Changemakers Awards
Jaehyang So, Technical Committee Chair, Global Water Partnership

 14:45-15:10  Showcasing of the top 30 finalists (Slide deck)