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United Nations 2023 Water Conference - Global Online Stakeholder Consultation: Themes for the Interactive Dialogues

New publication! Global Online Stakeholder Consultation: Themes for Interactive Dialogues (UN 2023 Water Conference)

Please access the summary report HERE.

Background

The General Assembly, in its resolution 73/226, decided to convene, in New York, from 22 to 24 March 2023, the United Nations Conference on the “Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, 2018–2028” (United Nations 2023 Water Conference). It will focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives, the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnerships at all levels. The outcome of the Conference will be a summary that will feed into the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) held in July 2023. The Governments of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will co-host the Conference.

The General Assembly, in its resolution 75/212, further decided that the Conference shall comprise an opening and a closing ceremony, six plenary meetings and five interactive dialogues. The interactive dialogues shall be collaborative and multi-stakeholder in nature, with due regard for gender and geographical balance. Proposals for themes of the interactive dialogues will be prepared in a background note by the Secretary-General of the Conference, in consultation with Member States, with the support of UN-Water and relevant United Nations entities and stakeholders. The themes of the interactive dialogues will be finalized at a one-day preparatory meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly by November 2022 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

According to A/RES/75/212, 4 (f) the Conference should “involve all relevant stakeholders”, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, other interested international bodies, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as support further action to implement, the objectives of the Decade and the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Global Online Stakeholder Consultation

Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations  and other stakeholders were invited to contribute proposals for the themes of the interactive dialogues through a global online consultation. 

Format and Structure

The online consultation was open to all stakeholders from 10 February - 10 March 2022.  Please view all received answers here: https://bit.ly/WaterEConsultation2022Response.

Summary report

A summary report, including outcomes of the consultation and key inputs/messages, is publicly available HERE.

More Information

For more information on the 2023 Water Conference, please visit: https://sdgs.un.org/un-2023-conference-water-action-decade

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