38th UN-Water Meeting

18–19 August 2023 | Stockholm, Sweden


Meeting for the first time since the UN 2023 Water Conference, participants focused on ensuring an effective and ambitious follow-up to the Conference, including the rollout of actions and processes to ensure commitments are achieved, and momentum is gained, for implementing and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 by 2030.

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The 38th UN-Water Meeting brought together representatives from UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss and advance progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation).

During the open session of the meeting, UN-Water Members, Partners with Special Status, Partners, and Observers discussed and coordinated opportunities for their respective organizations. Agenda items included:

  • Progress under the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, including country level engagement and regional coordination, and the roadmap on human rights to water and sanitation;
  • Follow-up to the UN 2023 Water Conference;
  • Progress updates on the United Nations World Water Development Report 2024, a joint publication with UN Women, and UN-Water and Climate Change Activities; and
  • Proposals for new expert groups on global campaigns and groundwater.

The open session of the 38th UN-Water Meeting took place from 18-19 August 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

UN-Water plays a coordinating role within the UN, to ensure the UN family “delivers as one” in response to water-related challenges. The overarching focus of UN-Water’s Members and Partners is to support UN Member States to sustainably manage water and sanitation.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) writers for this meeting were Mika Schroder, Ph.D., and Lynn Wagner, Ph.D. The Digital Editor was Ángeles Estrada. The Editor was Pam Chasek, Ph.D.

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