As per General Assembly Resolution A/RES/73/226, the President of the General Assembly will convene a one-day high-level meeting to promote the implementation of the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda in support of the implementation of the Decade on Water and Sustainable Development (2018-2028) and the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda represent a collective global commitment, a clear roadmap. However, Member States need support to strengthen their ability to comprehensively review and accelerate progress towards meeting the global water-related goals. With only 10 years to go to achieve the SDGs, we need an immediate and integrated global response to rapidly improve progress on SDG 6. The United Nations, Governments and key stakeholders are fully behind the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework which was launched during the HLPF in July 2020. This Framework is galvanizing the international community’s support around five key accelerators: financing, data and information, innovation, governance, and capacity development.

With the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrating the critical importance of adequate access to safe water and sanitation for preventing and containing diseases, and climate change increasing variability in the water cycle, the Decade on Water and Sustainable Development (2018-2028) must succeed. The meeting will seek to showcase solutions in various contexts, and also identify the lessons learnt and best practices in implementing the water related targets and goals.

Programme

10:00-11:00 am
Opening Segment 

Opening Statements will be delivered by the President of the General Assembly and other high-level representatives including a keynote speaker.   

H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of the UN Economic and Social Council
H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan
H.E. Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UN-Water Chair
Ms. Catalina Silva, Youth Ambassador of CONCAUSA

 

11:00 am-3:00 pm
High-Level Plenary

Member States will share their experiences and lessons on promoting the progress of achieving SDG6 at national, regional and global level and accelerating concrete actions through multilateral cooperation to meet the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. 

3:00-4:25 pm
Panel 1: Data and Information and Governance

In this interactive discussion, panelists will present concrete acceleration actions for water and sanitation focusing on two of the accelerators set forth in the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework: data and information and governance. They will demonstrate how to scale-up international cooperation and accelerate concrete action to meet the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. The session further aims to generate commitments for the SDG Acceleration Actions on SDG 6.

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo

Mayor, Mexico City

Xiaoyuan Ren

Founder & Director, MyH2O

Dr. David Kreamer

President, Interntional
Association of
Hydrogeologists

Nuraini Rahma Hanifa

Secretary-General,
U-INSPIRE Alliance

Sareen M. Malik

Executive Secretary,
African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation

Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF (Moderator)

4:25-5:50 pm
Panel 2: Financing, Innovation and Capacity Building

In this interactive discussion, panellists will present acceleration actions for water and sanitation focusing on three of the accelerators set forth in the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework: financing, innovation and capacity development. They will demonstrate how to scale-up international cooperation and accelerate concrete action in these areas to meet the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. The session further aims to generate commitments for the SDG Acceleration Actions on SDG 6..

Jennifer Sara

Global Director, World Bank

Clive Allison

Global Sustainability
Director, Unilever

Dr. Paul O'Callaghan

Founder & CEO, Blue Tech Research

Ernest Gibson

Panel Member, Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change of the UN

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

Assistant Director-
General, UNESCO

Achim Steiner

Administrator, UNDP (Moderator)

5:50-6:00 pm
Closing Segment 

The President of the General Assembly will highlight main messages and commitments in the lead up to the Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade. 

Stakeholder Registration

Non-Governmental Stakeholders are asked to register their participation by March 16th, 2021 at: http://bit.ly/WaterHLEStakeholders

Where to watch

The High-Level Meeting on Water will be broadcast live at http://webtv.un.org/