There is no single UN entity dedicated exclusively to water issues. Over 30 UN organizations carry out water and sanitation programs, reflecting the fact that water issues run through all of the UN’s main focus areas. UN-Water’s role is to coordinate them all so that the UN family ‘delivers as one’ in response to water-related challenges.
The UN 2023 Water Conference, to be held at UN Headquarters in New York, 22-24 March 2023, will be the first of its kind in a generation. This event is a watershed moment to unite the world around ensuring water security for all. The Conference, which is designed to be inclusive, cross-sectoral and action-oriented, will be co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.