Water & Sanitation

While substantial progress has been made in increasing access to clean drinking water and sanitation, billions of people—mostly in rural areas—still lack access these basic services, which were recognized as a human right by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. Worldwide, one in three people do not have access to safe drinking water, two out of five people do not have a basic hand-washing facility with soap and water, and more than 673 million people still practice open defecation. Unsafe hygiene practices are widespread, compounding the effects on people’s health. The impact on child mortality rates is devastating, with more than 297,000 children under five who die annually from diarrheal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water.

By managing our water sustainably, we are also able to better manage food production and energy, and contribute to decent work and economic growth. Moreover, we can preserve our water ecosystems, their biodiversity, and take action on climate change. Water and sanitation are essential to the future of sustainable development.

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14th Session of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP14) of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention)

Delegates adopted 21 resolutions, including several intended to increase the scope and diversity of engagement in the work of the Wetlands Convention. These included promoting the role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in wetland management, connecting with youth, and expanding synergies and cooperation with other multilateral environmental agreements.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 5 November 2022 - 13 November 2022

4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit

The Water Action Decade 2018-2028 is now at its mid-point, and the Asia-Pacific region is gearing up to review progress and chart a roadmap for the next five years of the Decade.
Event 23 April 2022 - 24 April 2022

36th UN-Water Meeting

During the two-day meeting, participants discussed the Sustainable Development Goal 6 Global Acceleration Framework, linkages between climate and water, planning for the UN 2023 Water Conference, and planning for the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2023, among other agenda items.
Event 7 April 2022 - 8 April 2022

Planet Budapest 2021 Sustainability Expo and Summit

The event aimed to answer what role the four Visegrád countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—can play on climate change, water security, sustainable transport, and the circular economy.
Event 30 November 2021 - 2 December 2021

35th UN-Water Meeting

With the UN 2023 Water Conference on the horizon, UN-Water Members, Partners, and observers focused on conference preparations and opportunities, with the objective of ensuring it will be a “watershed moment.”
Event 4 October 2021 - 6 October 2021

9th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The meeting successfully highlighted the importance of transboundary water cooperation, welcomed Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Togo as new Parties, and saw the signing of the Ministerial Declaration on the Senegalo-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin by ministers from The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, and Senegal.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 29 September 2021 - 1 October 2021

34th UN-Water Meeting

UN-Water Members, Partners, and observers considered how to accelerate progress toward water and sanitation for all by 2030 when ambitions appear off-track.
Event 15 March 2021 - 17 March 2021

33rd UN-Water Meeting

The 33rd UN-Water Meeting offered a brief chance for the Members, Partners, and observers of this UN interagency coordination mechanism to discuss the role of water and sanitation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and to receive updates on upcoming opportunities to engage at the global level to build momentum for implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on clean water and sanitation.
Event 29 September 2020

32nd UN-Water Meeting

Participants at the 32nd UN-Water Meeting moved through a packed agenda focused on issues related to the UN-Water programme of work and the UN-Water 2030 Strategy, ways to accelerate progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 (clean water and sanitation) implementation, and ways to elevate and address water and sanitation challenges at the country and regional level in light of the UN reform process, among other issues. 
Event 28 January 2020 - 29 January 2020