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SEI at UN 2023 Water Conference

Learn more about SEI events, perspectives and engagement at the UN 2023 Water Conference taking place from 22 - 24 March, 2023 in New York.

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Date published
13 March 2023

UN Water Conference at a glance

The Conference is convened by the UN General Assembly. The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Tajikistan, co-hosts of the Conference, are committed to make the Conference “a watershed moment” that will bring stakeholders from all sectors together and create a global momentum for accelerated implementation and improved impact to advance the broad challenges surrounding water.


For all to fundamentally understand, value and manage water better and take concerted action to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A UN system-wide approach to water is necessary for the achievement of water-related goals and targets and to reinforce the international water voice and cross-sectoral connections.

Read the full vision statement.

Priorities for action

The world is failing to meet its goal of universal water security by 2030. But protecting water can create a ripple effect of benefits to ecosystems, the economy, human health and sustainable development on the whole. Ahead of the first UN Water Conference in 46 years, SEI experts detail how this can be done.

Side Events

SEI is co-hosting two Side Events at the UN Headquarters in New York, as well as other events in New York city during the conference week. Learn more about each of the events below.