Join the Pacific Institute at the Historic UN 2023 Water Conference

Below, find information about the Pacific Institute and CEO Water Mandate events at the UN 2023 Water Conference.

The UN 2023 Water Conference—the first since 1977—presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advance water on the global sustainable development agenda. The Conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, 22-24 March 2023. Formally known as the 2023 Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation (2018-2028), the conference will be co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands.

The conference will include an opening and closing session, six plenary sessions, and five interactive dialogues, as well as side events. It will result in a summary of proceedings from the UNGA President that will feed into the 2023 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). 

For more information about the conference, click here.

Recognized for its thought leadership and convening power, the Pacific Institute will present a range of events to advance water resilience for both the public and private sectors. These include:


Harnessing the Power of Water Efficiency and Reuse

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023  
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM EST
Venue: Online
Co-Convenors: Pacific Institute and United States Environmental Protection Agency 

Water-use efficiency and water reuse are powerful, albeit still underutilized, strategies for enhancing water sustainability and resilience. Together, they can substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity (SDG 6.4); enhance water quality (SDG 6.3); protect and restore water-related ecosystems (SDG 6.6); and reduce energy use (SDG 7.3) and associated greenhouse gas emissions (SDG 13), among other benefits. 

This session will explore water efficiency and reuse opportunities and national and global strategies for promoting greater uptake. The panel will be moderated by Shannon Spurlock, Senior Researcher at the Pacific Institute and President of WateReuse Colorado. Panelists span diverse geographies and disciplines and include:  

  • Heather Cooley, Director of Research at Pacific Institute; 
  • Sharon Nappier, the National Program Leader for Water Reuse in the Office of Water at the United States Environmental Protection Agency; and
  • Akissa Bahri, a professor, researcher, and former Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries and Secretary of State in charge of Water Resources for the government of Tunisia.  
  • Moderator: Shannon Spurlock, Senior Researcher, Public Policy and Practice Uptake at Pacific Institute

Register here for online attendance.


Reception: Women in WASH Cocktail

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Invite Only
Co-conveners: CEO Water Mandate, WaterAid, WASH4Work

Request an invitation.


Announcement of the Business Leaders’ Call to Accelerate Water Action

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM EST
Venue: UN Headquarters
Co-conveners: AquaFed, Ceres, CEO Water Mandate, International Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Water Stewardship

More info soon.


Radical Collaboration for Water Resilience: Action with our Greatest Allies in the Climate Crisis

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM – 6 PM EST
Venue: UN Headquarters
Co-conveners:  CEO Water Mandate, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Wetlands Coalition, World Farmers Organization

Learn more.


CEO Water Mandate Offsite Day: Raising Our Ambitions for Water Resilience in 100 Basins by 2030

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM EST
Venue: The Yale Club 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017, Online
Co-conveners:  CEO Water Mandate, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Wetlands Coalition, World Farmers Organization

Register here for in-person attendance.


Water, War, and Peace

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM ET
Venue: The Taylor Room; Jay Conference Center; 515 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor, NYC and Online
Co-conveners: Pacific Institute, Circle of Blue, World Resources Institute, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

Water and energy systems are regularly targeted in the Russia-Ukraine war, Iraq, Africa, and elsewhere. Access to water has often been a catalyst for tensions and violence, and water itself has long been a target and tool of war. How are the links between water and security changing? In an increasingly water-stressed world, what essential strategies can reduce the risk of water-related violence and what are the paths to peace?

Join experts from the frontlines of global water security to learn about conflicts today — and the long history of “water wars” and water peacemaking — and how to anticipate and reduce future conflicts over water.

This session draws from Pacific Institute’s longstanding work on water conflict, including the Institute’s Water Conflict Chronology, the most comprehensive, open-source database on water conflicts around the world. Speakers include: 

  • Peter H. Gleick, Pacific Institute
  • Liz Saccoccia, World Resources Institute
  • Irina Patrahau, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
  • Moderator: Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue

Register here for online attendance.
Register here for in-person attendance.


Join the Pacific Institute at the historic UN Water Conference and become part of the movement committed to sustainable water management.  

To see more CEO Water Mandate sessions, click here.

#WaterAction #PacificInstituteUNWC2023





Scroll to Top