March 20th, 2023

RIWA-Rijn participates in UN 2023 Water Conference in New York

The UN 2023 Water Conference will take place in New York on 22-24 March. RIWA-Rijn will participate in the conference. To help us out during this event, we invited students from the Technical University in Delft (studying wastewater treatment, drinking water purification or water safety) to join our delegation. A diverse, multinational, multi-ethnic, multi-gender group of 8 students have been able to raise their own funds and are joining our effort.

For the conference we have committed to make our method for a policy goal index available to interested stakeholders (NGOs, governments or any other stakeholder alike) by sharing a published open access paper, the necessary R-script and a data-training set. A full description of our commitment can be found here:

About the conference:

Water is a fundamental part of all aspects of life. Water is inextricably linked to the three pillars of sustainable development, and it integrates social, cultural, economic and political values. It is crosscutting and supports the achievement of many SDGs through close linkages with climate, energy, cities, the environment, food security, poverty, gender equality and health, amongst others. With climate change profoundly affecting our economies, societies and environment, water is indeed the biggest deal breaker to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Tajikistan and the Netherlands, will feature an opening and closing ceremony, six plenary meetings and five multi-stakeholder interactive dialogues. It will also feature a number of high-level special events and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders.

The outcome of the Conference will be a summary of the Conference proceedings and new commitments, pledges and actions by Governments and all stakeholders towards achieving SDG 6 and other water-related goals and targets, compiled in the Water Action Agenda.