36th UN-Water Meeting

5 May, 2022

The 36th UN-Water Meeting, convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-8 April 2022, offered 121 participants from UN-Water Members, Partners, and Observers the first opportunity to meet in person after two years of online UN-Water sessions.

Central to the discussions were the preparations for the UN 2023 Water Conference, to be held at UN Headquarters in New York in March 2023. Participants highlighted that this Conference offers a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to mobilize actors and generate action.

A panel discussion focused on climate change and water, with participants identifying the Water Pavilion at the most recent Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a success.

Another focus during the meeting was the Global Acceleration Framework for SDG 6. Participants addressed how to scale up country-level support and disseminate results from case studies. Capacity development for the water agenda was identified as a major cornerstone in this context.

  • Read IISD’s highlights of main proceedings here.