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UN 2023 Water Conference 22 — 24 Mar 2023, New York

Water Action Agenda



In March 2023 the world joined together during the UN 2023 Water Conference convened by the UN General Assembly. The parameters of the outcomes of the UN 2023 Water Conference are described in General Assembly resolution 75/212. The mandated outcome document of the Conference is a summary of its proceedings.  

We need clear commitments, pledges and actions, across all our sectors, industries and interests, uniting nations, stakeholders and professionals on actions that help deliver on the water actions in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, actions that can be scaled and replicated in the years to come. Such commitments are compiled in the Water Action Agenda, another key outcome of the Conference. The emphasis should be on accelerated implementation and improved impact towards achieving SDG 6 and other water-related goals and targets, looking at content, process and structure. The existing and future challenges in the field of water require innovative and transformative ideas and a “beyond business as usual” approach.



For more detailed information about the Water Action Agenda, please see below:

On 24 October 2022, over 1200 stakeholders participated in an open stakeholder consultation at the UN Headquarters as well as online. The discussions were focused on five roundtables where participants shared and discussed proposals for potential game changers for the Water Action Agenda based on the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework: capacity development, governance, data and information, financing and innovation.  

As defined by the President of the General Assembly, a gamechanger can be:

“a method, an approach a cooperation strategy, capacity development activity, or agreement that will transform the way we think, do business, plan and implement policies, or govern at local, regional and global levels. A game changer is catalyser to becoming more resilient to water, climate, food and energy crises, as well as to economic, ecological, social and political changes. Ultimately, the goal is the enhancement of cooperation to leverage benefits across actors, sectors and scales, and serves as means for sustainable development.”

A summary of the stakeholder consultation with potentially game changing ideas identified by stakeholders is published here.

All contributors to the Water Action Agenda are encouraged to be inspired by the game changers. The gamechangers aim to support the Water Action Agenda, ensuring effective, action oriented, inclusive and integrative voluntary commitments needed for a successful implementation of SDG 6 and beyond.  

To download the Water Action Agendas in excel format, please click this link (last updated in May 2024)