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AMCOW@UN 2023 Water Conference

March 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am - March 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Water is a dealmaker for Sustainable Development Goals, and for the health and prosperity of people and the planet. But our progress on water-related goals and targets remains alarmingly off track, jeopardizing the entire sustainable development agenda.

The UN 2023 Water Conference in March must result in a bold Water Action Agenda that gives our world’s lifeblood the commitment it deserves.





DATE Time Title of Session Venue Organiser(s)
Tuesday March 21 Africa Focus Day
TBC Harnessing partnership in water management and transboundary cooperation for inclusive climate-resilient food systems in Africa TBC AUC, ANBO, AfDB/AWF, AMCOW, IFPRI; FAO-WASAG, FANPARN, and World Bank.
16.00 – 17.45 From promise to practice. How accounting for multiple water values can be used for sustainable development TBC Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and United Nations Statistics Division.




March 22

11.00 – 12.15 Water, Peace, and Security in Africa ECOSOC, UNHQ Finland and AUC.
12.30 – 13.45 FLAGSHIP EVENT: Launch of the International High-Level Panel Report on Water Investments in Africa: Pathways for Mobilisation of $30 billion Annually by 2030 Side Event Room 5, UNHQ AUC, the Republic of Senegal, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Republic of Namibia, Global Water Partnership Africa (all as Co-Chairs of the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa)
12.30 – 13.45 Sustainability in good governance of groundwater resources ECOSOC, UNHQ Kingdom of Morocco, UNESCO, INBO, and IWRA.
17.00 – 18.15 The Hidden Wealth of Nations: Groundwater in Times of Climate Change Side Event Room 6, UNHQ The World Bank, Danish Water Forum, the OECD and Member State of the African Union
18.00 – 20.00 Talking partnerships to meeting SDG6: Joining forces to address global water scarcity challenges ARUP, 77 Water Street Denmark, State of Green, Danish Water Industries Federation – a part of the Confederation of Danish Industry, Danish Cleantech Hub
Thursday March 23 08.00 – 09.15 Assuring Sustainable Water Availability: An essential Element to Meet Vital Human Needs and A Success Factor for Africa’s Social Stability; Economic Growth; Regional Integration; Trade; Peace and Security.




Side Event Room 6, UNHQ AMCOW, AUC, OSAA, Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Member States of the Africa Union, AfDB, DBSA, RLBOs, ECOWAS, EAC, SADC, IGAD, CEDARE, and AMU.
10.00 – 11.15 Water Security and Peace Building in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for African Basin Organizations UNEP Building ANBO/OMVS, AMCOW, AUC, AFDB, Swiss Cooperation, Pole Eau de Dakar, Senegal, RIOB, ECOWAS, INBO, and Geneva Water Hub.
12.30 – 13.45 Taking next steps for a water and climate resilient world through capacity development of people and organizations ECOSOC Council Chamber, UNHQ Panama, China, Dominica, Nigeria, Palestine, Spain, Sudan, Uganda, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UN-Water, AMCOW, UNDP CapNet, SIWI, GWP, ICOMOS-ISC Water, UNESCO Chair Water, Ports and Historic Cities, Waternet, Witteveen+Bos, UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management (i-WSSM), Water Museums Network (WaMuNet), Green Climate Fund, UNESCO Dundee Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (CWLPS), UNESCO Centre on Integrated and Multi-Disciplinary Water Resources Management (CIMWRM)
14.00 – 15.15 AIP International High-Level Panel on Accelerating Water Resilience in Africa’s Cities: Bridging the Investment Gap and Ensuring the Delivery of SDG6 Side Event Room B, UNHQ World Resources Institute, Arup, Resilient Cities Network, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Climate Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Water Partnership-Africa, AIP, African Union Commission, Cap-Net UNDP
14:00 – 15:15 Urban Water Catalyst Initiative (UWCI) – Changing the game for financing a water-secure and climate-resilient future Side Event Room C, UNHQ Germany and The Netherlands
15.30 – 16.45 “International Partnerships and how they contribute to achieving SDG6” TBC The government of Denmark, in collaboration with South Africa, India, P4G, and the International Water Association, Grundfos.
17.00 – 18.15 Source-to-sea collaboration: A game changer for the whole water cycle Side Event Room 8, UNHQ Greece, Costa Rica, SIWI, GWP, UNEP/MAP, UNDP, UNECE, OECD, UNESCO-IHP, Amazon Global Environment Facility, International Waters Learning and Exchange Network, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, Japan Water Forum, DHI, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Ocean Sewage Alliance, Nireas International Water Research Center, Water Science Policy, UNDP/SIWI Water Governance Facility.
18:30 – 19:45 Launch of the Team Europe Initiative (TEI) on Transboundary Water Resources Management in Africa


Trusteeship, UNHQ Belgium, AMCOW, European Union, Government of Austria, Government of Czech Republic, Government of Denmark, Government of France, Government of Germany, Government of Slovenia, Government of Sweden, and Member States of the Africa Union.
TBC Achieving SDG6 in Eastern and Southern Africa – A Call for Systems Change UN Foundation World Bank
Friday March 24 08.00 – 09.15 Groundwater: An Invisible Cross-Sectoral Fundament for Implementation of the Water Action Agenda Trusteeship, UNHQ Namibia, AMCOW, Member States of the African Union, and Governments of: Austria, Bahamas, El Salvador, Finland, Germany, Rep. of Korea, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Uruguay; UN-Water, UNESCO, Aquafed, BRGM, CeReGAS, Deltares, Deltares, EAWAG, EuroGeoSurveys, WREG, FAO, GEF, GEUS, IAEA, IAH, IGRAC, IHE Delft, IWRA, Japan Water Forum (JWF), KIGAM Korea, New Mexico WRRI, ORASECOM, OSS, SADC-GMI, SIWI, The Water Institute, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCO Groundwater Youth Network (GWYN), UNESCWA, UN-Habitat, University of Arizona WRRC, WMO, WfWP, and World Bank
08.00 – 09.15 Promoting Private-Public Partnerships – a vehicle towards fulfilling SDG 6 and climate Actions Side Event Room C, UNHQ Japan, Japan Water Forum, Finland, World Water Council, Danish Water Forum, Finnish Water Forum, French Water Partnership, SIWI, Netherlands, Water Partnership, Korea Water Forum.
09.30 – 10.45 Pollution, Sanitation, Water Quality and Climate Resilience, a Call to Action Trusteeship, UNHQ Governments of: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Sénégal, and Partners including: BMZ, AMCOW, AUC, UNICEF, GGGI, WaterAid, World Bank, Resilient Cities Network, ADB, BMGF, AfDB, GIZ, SuSanA, SNV, UTS, WHO, UN-Habitat IWA.
11.00 – 12.15 Catalysing the Circular Sanitation Economy to deliver on SDG Target 6.2: Partnering with countries to achieve climate resilience, gender equity and water security through innovative financing in sanitation Side Event Room 5, UNHQ The Federal Republic of Nigeria, The United Nations Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, and The World Toilet Organisation (founders of the World Toilet Day)
12.30 – 13.45 Presentation and discussion of the Action on Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARe) Initiative Trusteeship, UNHQ The Arab Republic of Egypt, Pan-African Center for Water Climate Adaptation, AMCOW, and Member States of the African Union.
12.30 – 13.45 Accelerating progress on safe sanitation and hygiene for all: Countdown to 2030 ECOSOC Council Chamber, UNHQ United Nations Permanent Missions of:  Tanzania, Nigeria, Tajikistan, United Kingdom, Namibia, and Finland; including key partners: AMCOW, UNICEF, WHO, BMGF, WaterAid, LIXIL, Unilever, and AMREF.
15.30 – 16.45 Launch of the International High-Level Panel Campaign on Water Investments for Africa and Global Change Makers Awards Side Event Room 5, UNHQ Global Water Partnership, in collaboration with the Co-Chairs of the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa (the Republic of Senegal, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Republic of Namibia) and the African Union Commission.




March 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am
March 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm


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