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IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition

The four-day event is titled ‘Water, sanitation, and climate resilience – keys to a water-wise future’ and aims to be an agenda-setting meeting of water professionals, both water industry insiders and thought leaders from outside the sector, that addresses global development water challenges. Keynote speakers are the top specialists in their field and will frame the critical debates facing the water sector. A variety of workshops, technical sessions and business forums will showcase the latest science and best...
Panel COP28

Water and Climate Leaders call to action on water, energy, and climate at COP28

In an event organized by the COP 28 Presidency together with champion country partners and international organizations, the leaders...
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COP28: Water is critical to climate change mitigation

The research, being carried out in collaboration with the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), sets out to identify what...
Girl next to a water point, in flooded area.

2023 UN Climate Change Conference, COP28 opens today

UN climate conferences are government-level, large-scale annual gatherings focused on climate action. They are also referred to as ‘COP’...

Sustainable Development Goal 6

Billions of people are still living without safely managed water and sanitation. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Achieving SDG 6 is integral to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end extreme poverty and protect the planet.

Communications should be a two-way exchange. ‘Questions people ask’ is a new feature where we answer some of the questions we get asked about important issues, such as, climate changewater scarcity and wastewater. Through responding to queries from our audiences, we aim to explain key issues in a clear and engaging way that fosters ongoing conversations.

The UN-Water SDG 6 Data Portal brings all the United Nations’ water and sanitation information into one place. Designed for decision-makers, advisors, technical professionals, researchers and students, there are tools to help visualize and analyse the information, creating a clear picture of how the world is progressing towards the various SDG 6 targets.

Monitoring progress towards SDG 6 helps policy- and decision makers identify challenges and opportunities, set priorities, communicate progress, and generate support and investment. SDG 6 Progress Reports are primarily based on national official data sources, compiled and validated by United Nations custodian agencies.

What can you do to help solve the water and sanitation crisis? In 2023, the UN is uniting the world around accelerating progress towards SDG 6. UN-Water is coordinating a global campaign asking people and organizations to ‘Be the change’ they want to see in the world. Choose from a list of #WaterActions and play your part.

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What We Do

UN-Water identifies emerging issues and develops collaborative contributions to global policy frameworks on disasters, climate change, sustainable development and other issues.

UN-Water is a monitoring hub, providing coherent and reliable data and information on key water trends and management issues throughout the water cycle.

UN-Water coordinates global thematic campaigns for World Water Day and World Toilet Day every year and creates engaging communications on key water related issues.