New York – 30 March 2015

High-Level Interactive Dialogue on International Decade for Action, 'Water for Life', 2005-2015Introduction

Water is essential for life on this planet – it is the source and foundation of all living things.

The ‘Water for Life’ Decade (2005-2015) was declared by the General Assembly to further efforts to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals.

At the crossroads between the end of the Decade and the beginning of the Post-2015 Development agenda, it is timely to review the achievements and gaps of the ‘Water for Life’ Decade and discuss how lessons learned can be translated into concrete actions for sustainable water management in the new development agenda.

The High-level Interactive Dialogue was mandated by United Nations General Assembly resolution 69/215 PDF.


The one-day High-level Interactive Dialogue consisted of an opening session in the morning followed by morning and afternoon interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussions. See profiles of panellists

Morning session: Review of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Decade

Afternoon session: Carrying the lessons learned from the Decade into the Post-2015 Development Agenda


A President’s Summary was prepared and circulated to Member States and stakeholders after the event.