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

Informal Special Event - The Economics of Water: transforming governance to secure a sustainable, just and prosperous future

Thu 23 Mar 2023, 3.00 pm
Conference Room 2, UNHQ in New York GCEW, UCLG, UN-Habitat, C40, WFF, Major Groups of Scientific and Technological Community, Local Authorities, Indigenous Peoples, Business and Industry, OECD Water Governance Programme, IAAS, MetaMeta, Dutch Water Authorities, WaterWorX





This open dialogue is an opportunity to discuss the criticality of the Water Action Agenda; highlight the need for the global water cycle to be managed as a global common good and safeguarded through effective multilateralism; and illustrate the governance conditions that are needed for a more efficient, just and sustainable use of water from the local to the global level to achieve water security.

This jointly chaired open dialogue of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water (GCEW) will initiate a global consultative process that will contribute to the final GCEW report in 2024. On this occasion, the key findings and provocations of the GCEW will be presented and discussed with the Major Groups and other stakeholders, as well as other collaborating organisations. 

For more information about the GCEW's report, visit



         OECD (Water Team)
         UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
         Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
         University of Amsterdam
         Mayor of the City of Freetown, Sierra Leone
         Club of Rome, South Africa
         Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
         Center for Global Commons, University of Tokyo
         Indian Institute for Human Settlements
         Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin, Ecuador
         Chinese Society for Urban Studies
         WB the Sustainable Development Practice Group
         African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 


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