Water Dialogues for results

accelerating cross-sectoral SDG 6 implementation


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Water is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, flows across borders and sectors, and is a key enabler to address the most pressing global challenges. Climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, food and energy production, and population increase are only some examples where water plays a critical role.

However, the implementation of SDG 6 as well as other water-related goals and targets is still far behind. This is why the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), on behalf of the entire German government, initiated the Water Dialogues for Results. The BMUV recognises that the global water and sanitation crisis calls for an immediate global response, especially in light of the run-up to the United Nations Water Conference in March 2023.

With the aim of accelerating the cross-sectoral implementation of SDG 6, the BMUV held a virtual dialogue series from February to June 2021, involving UN member states, representatives of the UN Major Groups and international organisations. The outcome of the dialogue were policy recommendations and key messages for governments and service providers, multilateral organisations and the UN system to take fast, coordinated and cross-sectoral action to reach SDG 6 by 2030. They have been presented at the High-Level Ministerial Conference on SDG 6 in Bonn in July 2021, and will continuously contribute to the preparatory process leading up to the 2023 UN Water Conference. To date, the key messages have been supported by more than 60 UN member states.

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Dushanbe International High-Level Conference

See you in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from June 6 to 9, 2022, for the Dushanbe International High-Level Conference

6 - 9 June


Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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The Government of Tajikistan initiated the “Dushanbe Water Process” as a contribution to the UN Water Action Decade 2018-2028. With a series of conferences, Tajikistan provides a platform for policy dialogue, partnership and action. The First High-level International Conference was held in Dushanbe in June 2018 and concluded with recommendations to the UN HLPF on Sustainable Development in 2018, for its in-depth review of the implementation of SDG 6.

The Second High-level International Conference will take place from 6 to 9 June 2022 and focuses on “Catalyzing water action and partnership at the local, national, regional and global levels”. It particularly emphasizes water-smart recovery in the post-COVID world.

As a co-host of the UN 2023 Water Conference on the Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade, Tajikistan’s Second High-level International Conference is considered as an official preparatory event, alongside other conferences such as the Bonn Water Dialogues for Results, the Ninth World Water Forum, the Asia-Pacific Water Summit or the High-level Symposium on Water during the UN Ocean Conference.



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