GWP at UN 2023 Water Conference

The first United Nations conference on water since 1977 will be held at the United Nations HQ from 22-24 March 2023. This will be a watershed moment for the sustainable development community as a whole, and GWP, as a leading authority on water governance, is committed to playing an active role in advancing the global water agenda.

Water is a dealbreaker for any meaningful sustainable development, and for the health and prosperity of people and planet. But our progress on water-related goals and targets remains alarmingly off-track, jeopardizing achievement of the SDGs.

Co-hosted by the Governments of the Netherlands and Tajikistan, the UN 2023 Water Conference is about uniting the world in accelerating action towards achieving SDG 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. See the conference programme here.

GWP@ UN 2023 Water Conference

GWP and its network will co-host and participate in a wide range of events in New York to demonstrate the impact of its multi-stakeholder partnership on improving the way the world manages its water resources. 

More specifically, GWP will: demonstrate how GWP’s work contributes to the aims of the Water Action Decade; contribute to game-changing thought-leadership and action on water issues; support political processes that increase the importance of water issues in the sustainable development agenda and provide accountability moments for leaders; enhance key partnerships and donor relationships to allow GWP to fulfil its mission: and push for stronger integration across UN and other relevant platforms to increase resource efficiency and overall impact on SDG 6.

Highlights of GWP events

GWP will lead or be a partner organisation in 30+ side events during the Conference. Here are some highlights:


  • Rewriting the Rules for Partnering: New Models for Water Action
    Lead organisation: GWPO
    Time & place: 9.30-10.45, Side Event Room A
    More about the event
  • Launch of the International High-Level Panel Report on Water Investments in Africa: Pathways for Mobilisation of $30 billion Annually by 2030
    Lead organisation: African Union Commission
    Time & place: 12:30 - 13:45, Side Event Room 5
    More about the event


  • Achieving a balance between protection and development – Water for rural prosperity 
    Lead organisation: Global Water Partnership - China
    Time & place: 12:30 - 13:45, Side Event Room 9 
    More about the event
  • AIP International High-Level Panel on Accelerating Water Resilience in Africa’s Cities: Bridging the Investment Gap and Ensuring the Delivery of SDG6 
    Lead organisation: World Resources Institute
    Time & place: 14:00 - 15:15, Side Event Room B


  • Launch of the International High-Level Panel Campaign on Water Investments for Africa and Global Change Makers Awards 
    Lead organisation: Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa 
    Time & place: 15:30 - 16:45, Side Event Room 5
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See all side events GWP is involved in

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Interactive Dialogues

There will be five interactive dialogues held over the five days of the conference.

Water Action Agenda

The official outcome of the Conference will be a document summarizing the proceedings but also a Water Action Agenda to drive change.

The Water Action Agenda is a platform that collects, displays and follows these commitments at all levels, including from governments, civil society and the private sector from all over the world.

GWP is enouraging all its regional and country water partnerships to submit comittments to this agenda

Track GWP comittments submitted to the Water Action Agenda

Other Ways to get involved

World Water Day 2023

This World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. And because water affects us all, we need everyone to take action. You and your family, school, business and community can make a difference by changing the way you use, consume and manage water in your lives.
Learn more and take part in #WorldWaterDay >

New York Water Week

To complement the UN 2023 Water Conference with hopeful and inspiring activities, the Netherlands and Tajikistan have joined forces with the New York City government for New York Water Week. There will be workshops, high level discussions, hackathons and much more.
Learn more and engage in New York Water Week >