Water and Climate Coalition at the UN 2023 Water Conference


The United Nations 2023 Water Conference will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 22-24 March 2023. The Conference will focus on the “Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, 2018–2028”. The Governments of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are co-hosts of the Conference.

The meetings will put a spotlight on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives, the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnerships at all levels. The outcome of the Conference will be a summary that will feed into the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) held in July 2023.

Water and Climate Coalition is engaging at the Conference through its  members’, leaders’ and youth activities.

Activities at the UN 2023 Water Conference

6th UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters

The Session has been held biennially since 2013 as the first high-level UN event dedicated to the issue of water and disasters. The theme of this sixth edition is “Connecting Midterm Reviews of Water and Disaster Risk Reduction under Climate Change” and its objective is to provide recommendations to the UN 2023 Water Conference while raising awareness and promoting actions for building back better towards more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive society in the post-COVID-19 era by addressing the issues of water and disasters and other development issues.

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Multistakeholder Commitments to the Water Action Agenda – Integrated Water and Climate Solutions – From Science to Decisions to Actions

From global to local level, we need to raise the ambitions to achieve our common goals by translating science-based knowledge into policies and political decisions that effectively accelerate regional/transboundary, national, subnational, and local action. By involving diverse stakeholders throughout the process, we are able to assess challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives and develop integrated multiplayer solutions that enhance governance, are fundamentally more holistic, and sustainable. 

This event will present voluntary commitments for the Water Action Agenda submitted by multistakeholder partnerships that lead to game-changing solutions to the pressing water and climate challenges. The event will walk us through the process from global political decision-making to action on the ground and the critical role various stakeholders have at all levels.   

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2025 International year of glaciers' preservation

This event will discuss the outstanding gaps in understanding the link between glacier changes and 
water resources and risks to societies, and the key actions necessary to enhance access to critical information that would enhance the ability of society to adapt. The event is designed as a first step to developing partnerships and towards co-designing a road map towards 2025.

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Water and Climate Leaders at SDG Media Zone:
World Meteorological Day

Water and Climate Leaders at the SDG Media Zone on the occasion of World Meteorological Day. The theme of World Met Day of 2023 is on the Future of Weather, Climate and Water across generations.

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Released at the UN 2023 Water Conference:

Water and Climate Leaders Op-ed
“Wake up to Water” urge Water and Climate Leaders in their Op-ed that calls to make a paradigm shift to ensure integrated action on water and climate resilience.
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Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.