Water Dialogues for Results culminate at High-level Conference in Bonn

Today, representatives from governments, UN Major Groups, international organizations and civil society from all over the world attended the virtual High-level Water Conference in Bonn, hosted by the German Environmental Ministry on behalf the entire German Government. The conference represents the culmination of the Water Dialogues for Results and was the first official preparatory conference to the UN Water Conference that will take place in New York in 2023 on the Mid-term Review of the UN Water Action Decade.

The conference took place virtually and allowed broad high-level participation from government representatives of all world regions. A total of 35 high-level interventions, including 21 on ministerial level, contributed to the overall message that was conveyed: to achieve access to and the sustainable management of clean water and sanitation for all by 2030 (SDG 6), we need to join forces and we need to act now! More than 3.000 viewers from 85 countries followed the event via livestream, which was available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. You missed it? Re-watch the full conference or highlights.

Representatives of steering committee present recommendations for action

In an inclusive and participatory process, an international steering committee, which was convened by the Water Dialogues, developed action-oriented policy recommendations and a short key messages version to accelerate the implementation of SDG 6 and other water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. The policy recommendations lean on the five accelerators financing, data and information, innovation, capacity development and governance as proposed by the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework of UN Water. The steering committee operationalized those accelerators to concrete actionable recommendations to governments, service providers and the UN system to achieve SDG 6 faster and at an increased scale. The key messages enjoy wide support of 63 UN Member States.

The recommendations and key messages were not only presented at today’s conference, but German Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze officially handed them over to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, for further consideration in the preparatory process of the UN 2023 Water Conference, which UN DESA will co-host together with Tajikistan and the Netherlands.

German Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze submits the key messages to Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

German Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze calls for closer collaboration

“The sustainable protection of the world’s water resources, and the implementation of secure supply structures require cooperation across sectors, political levels and borders”, says German Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze during her speech. She highlighted that water is deeply interconnected with other sectors, such as climate change, agriculture and energy. “Without everyone’s contribution and without considering the challenges and solutions of other sectors, countries, cities and communities, we will not achieve the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda”

She emphasizes that continued close collaboration between the global North and South are needed to fulfil the human right to clean water and safe sanitation and to sustainably manage global water resources.