UNGC 2023

The Pacific Institute at the UN General Assembly

The 78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) represents a powerful opportunity to mobilize action on the global water crisis. Join us in New York City between September 17-21. The week includes Climate Week, the SDG Summit, and the Private Sector Forum among many others.


We Create and Advance Solutions
to the World’s Most Pressing
Water Challenges

Joining Forces

New Report Highlights Innovative Co-Funding Strategies for Water Projects in the Colorado River Basin

New Pacific Institute report, “Joining Forces: Innovative Co-Funding to Enhance Corporate Water Stewardship Impact in the Colorado River Basin,” explores how leveraging corporate water stewardship spending with existing and emerging funding streams can increase positive water impact in the Colorado River Basin and beyond.

Peter Gleick Award

Dr. Peter Gleick Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The Pacific Institute is pleased to announce Senior Fellow and Co-Founder Dr. Peter Gleick has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an honorary society that recognizes accomplished individuals and leaders who work towards addressing the world’s biggest challenges.

Water Reslience

A Global Thought Leader on Water Resilience

The Pacific Institute’s 2030 strategic goal is to catalyze the transformation to water resilience in the face of climate change. What exactly do we mean by water resilience? The Pacific Institute’s Water Resilience Issue Brief provides guidance for governments, policymakers, businesses, NGOs, and other actors to rapidly scale solutions. These include integrating nature-based solutions with grey infrastructure and increasing investments in water efficiency and reuse–all through a lens of equity.


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What We Do

The Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. Our 2030 goal is to catalyze the transformation to water resilience in the face of climate change.

Our work addresses climate impacts on access to water and sanitation, as well as livelihoods and well–being for frontline communities in the United States and around the world.

Our work focuses on scaling uptake of nature-based solutions that support more climate-resilient water systems and the communities they support.

Our work is at the forefront of evaluating water efficiency and reuse possibilities, driving innovation and scaling proven circular water approaches.

Why We Do It

2.2 Billion People


90% of Disasters


$1 Trillion

Annual investment of $1 trillion is needed globally to sustainably manage water by 2030.3

The need has never been greater. For 35 years, we have provided trusted science-based research, recommended feasible policy and practice solutions, and convened diverse stakeholders —from frontline communities and water utilities to Fortune 500 companies and governments —to advance solutions for the world’s most urgent water challenges. From the Colorado River Basin of the drought-prone US West to the world stage at the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, decision-makers turn to the Pacific Institute for science-backed leadership on water resilience now more than ever.

Collaboration is core to the Pacific Institute’s approach. We build cross-sector alliances to tackle complex water challenges.

You Can Help

The Pacific Institute’s work is fueled by financial support from people like you. Together, we are building the evidence base through science-based research, informing communities and decision makers about solutions, and influencing policies. Join us in this effort to build water resilience—and help solve the world’s water challenges.


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