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Symposium to Commemorate the UN 2023 Water Conference

On 12 June, the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), in cooperation with the Government of Japan, the Government of the Netherlands, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), will organize a commemorative symposium in Tokyo, Japan to share the main discussions and outcomes of the UN 2023 Water Conference.

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The UN 2023 Water Conference was held from 22 and 24 March 2023 in New York. The primary aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the global water crisis and decide on concerted action, the Water Action Agenda, to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets. It was the first intergovernmental meeting on water since 1977, and brought together more than 7,000 participants.

In addition to sharing the discussions and outcomes of the conference, the symposium will feature a panel discussion on "Water and Local SDGs: Actions for Achieving Sustainable Cities." The panel will highlight various initiatives to achieve the SDGs at the local level, such as cities and regions in Japan. These initiatives will include the actions and efforts to promote sound water cycle, address water-related disasters with a focus on preparedness, and achieve sustainable urban development through smart cities and innovative solutions based on ICT and data.

It is also expected that the discussion will touch upon the roles of various stakeholders in disseminating and replicating these initiatives globally, and that the outcomes of the discussion will provide guidelines for Japan's future water diplomacy and the building of various partnerships.

  • Register for the Symposium, hosted in a hybrid format, here.
  • Download the Concept Note and Provisional Programme here.

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