United Nations Water Conference 2023

Event Type: In Person
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Location: New York, NY

Registration deadline: 15 March 2023

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

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.

The UN 2023 Water Conference and the Water Action Agenda will unite the world for water. The key building blocks of the Water Action Agenda are:

  • commitment to action
  • sustained and scalable implementation
  • follow-up and review processes

These blocks will enable replication and scaling up of what works and bring successful solutions to global scale.


Registration (request for a United Nations grounds pass) of official delegations of participating States for the UN 2023 Water Conference, is handled by the United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service (Protocol Office) through the online “eRegistration system”, which is available through the e-deleGATE portal at (https://edelegate.un.int).

Official delegations must go through the “designated eRegistration focal points” of their respective Permanent Missions/Offices and Liaison Offices in New York, who have access to the “eRegistration system”, to obtain United Nation grounds passes. Registration to the Conference is scheduled to open on 16 January 2023. (The deadline to register is Wednesday, 15 March 2023 by close of business at 5:30 p.m.

Delegations wishing to obtain information on the “eRegistration system” may refer to the updated “Guidelines on e-Registration” and “Frequently asked questions” on the Protocol website at https://www.un.org/dgacm/en/content/protocol/meetings .