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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Special Events

The co-hosts of the UN 2023 Water Conference, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, propose to have four informal high-level special events organized in connection with the Conference to create a platform for in depth and broader discussion of water-related challenges and solutions. The preparations and execution of these special events is led by stakeholders, in partnership across different sectors. 

Special events will be held in Conference Room 2, UNHQ in New York.

Radical Collaboration for Water Resilience: Action with our greatest Allies in the Climate Crisis

Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

CEO Water Mandate / United Nations Global Compact, WWF International, Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group (IPMG),World Farmers’ Organization (WFO),Wetlands International (WI), International Women’s MG (IWMG)

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Reducing inequalities – implementing Human Rights

Thursday, 23 March 2023, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

African Youth Parliament for Water, Aquafed, FILAC, International Indian Treaty Council, UN OHCHR, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Water and Sanitation, Women for Water Partnership

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

Thursday, 23 March 2023, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Global Commission on the Economics of Water (GCEW) in collaboration with UCLG, UN-Habitat, C40, WFF, Scientific and Technological Community Major Group, Local Authorities Major Group, Indigenous Peoples Major Group, Business and Industry Major Group, OECD Water Governance Programme, IAAS, MetaMeta, Dutch Water Authorities, and WaterWorX

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Water Leadership: Uniting for a sustainable world

Friday, 24 March 2023, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

MGCY, WMG, ISW, Water Youth Network, UN1FY, IWA, Global Water Partnership, World Youth Parliament for Water, Water and Climate Coalition, Wavemakers United, Sanitation and Water for All, OHCHR, UN Special Rapporteur (Rights to Water and Sanitation), UCLG, LAMG

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