About the UN Water Conference
The UN 2023 Water Conference, co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands, will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, 22-24 March 2023.
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.
Against this backdrop, ISC sees its main role in providing evidence-based and politically independent scientific guidance to decision-makers by drawing on its large and diverse global membership and the embodied expertise of natural and social water scientists and related challenges.
About the ISC
The Council convenes the scientific expertise and resources needed to lead on catalysing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance. The Council’s Action Plan forms a practical framework for the ISC’s work until the end of 2024, and to work towards our vision of science as a global public good.
The ISC works at the intersection of science and policy, particularly at the UN level, to ensure that science is integrated into international policy development and that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science.
Science and actionable knowledge are critical to advance global water goals
Within the framework of the Conference, the ISC is releasing a policy brief providing actionable and science-based solutions for policy- and decision-makers to address different types of water-related challenges. Drawing from the extensive knowledge of its transdisciplinary and diverse Expert Group on Water, the ISC divided water issues and associated solutions into four categories: persistent with known solutions, identical requiring differentiated solutions, rapidly changing requiring new solutions, and future issues.
ISC statements at the UN 2023 Water Conference
Our Blog Series for the Water Conference:
Delivering actionable and science-based water solutions: new ISC policy brief launched ahead of the 2023 UN Water Conference
In preparation for the 2023 UN Water Conference, the International Science Council has released its latest policy brief providing recommendations for actionable and science-based solutions on pressing water issues.
Bridging the gap between research and application of science-based solutions to tackle global water goals
The United Nations 2023 Water Conference hopes to reinvest in action and reconnect scientific research with solution application to achieve SDG 6. Marine Meunier interviews two authors from the expert group from the ISC’s latest policy brief, Heather O’Leary and Piet Kebanatho, on their expectations for the conference.
UN 2023 Water Conference carries new engagements towards realizing SDG6 and future avenues for a decade of action
With the UN Water conference creating dialogues for this critical decade of sustainability action, the ISC speaks with two members of the Expert Group – Shreya Chakraborty and Christophe Cudennec – who drafted the ISC’s policy brief for the conference.
The ISC at the 2023 UN Water Conference
Times are in EST
|Wednesday 22 March|
|15:00 – 18:00: Interactive Dialogue #2 |
Water for Sustainable Development: Valuing Water, Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Economic and Urban Development 👉 Find out more
Conference Room 4, UNHQ in New York
|Thursday 23 March|
|14:00 – 15:00: ISC and WFEO Virtual side-event |
The Role of the S&T Community on the Pillars for Accelerating Progress and Transformative Actions on SDG 6 👉 Find out more
15:00 – 18:00: Special Event
The Economics of Water: transforming governance to secure a sustainable, just and prosperous future 👉 Find out more
Conference Room 2, UNHQ in New York
|Friday 24 March|
|10:00 – 13:00: Interactive Dialogue #5 |
Water Action Decade: Accelerating the implementation of the objectives of the Decade, including through the UN Secretary-General’s Action Plan 👉 Find out more
11:00 – 12:15: Science-based global water assessment
ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ in New York 👉 Find out more
WFEO – ISC Side-Event at UN 2023 Water Conference
“The Role of the Science and Technology (S&T) Community on the Pillars for Accelerating Progress and Transformative Actions on SDG 6” | 23 March
14:00 EST | 18:00 UTC
The ISC Delegation and Community at the UN 2023 Water Conference
Senior Science Officer
Science & Communications Officer
The ISC has a large and engaged delegation of Members at the UN Water Conference. This representation of ISC Members from the scientific community will be crucial for a successful conference and follow-up actions. More than 40 delegates, from ISC Members, Affiliated Bodies and partners, as well as individual scientists, are part of this community.
Discover the ISC staff present on-site, the ISC Expert Group on Water, and other experts from the ISC community in our Talent Book for the Conference.
For any interview or media queries, please contact James Waddell at email@example.com using the subject line “Media query”.
Virtual events and resources from the ISC community at the Water Conference:
📽️ The Global Commission on the Economics of Water has released a series of videos on the upcoming release of their report “Turning the Tide: A Call to Collective Action”.
📼 The Global Commission on the Economics of Water (GCEW) will hold a Special Event at the UN 2023 Water Conference on The Economics of Water: transforming governance to secure a sustainable, just and prosperous future which will be broadcast live on UN Web TV.
📅 Register for a webinar on Sustainable Water Engineering Bringing Together the Global Community held by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research on 21 March 2023.
📰 A Special Issue in the Water Alternatives journal based on research from the Transformations to Groundwater Sustainability project from the Transformations to Sustainability programme.
📅 Register for the International Water Association’s Webinar on Resilient and Inclusive Sanitation in combatting Climate Change Events and Extremities, held on 21 March 2023.
📅 Register for the International Water Association’s Webinar on Communicating water: a game-changer for acceleration and innovation, held on 21 March 2023.
📅 Register for a roundtable co-hosted by the International Water Association on Empowering Women, Youth and Indigenous Persons to Accelerate Global Water Security in the Water Action Decade, on 22 March 2023
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