Dysfunction throughout the water cycle is undermining progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, disasters to peace. 

Back in 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 as part of the 2030 Agenda – the promise that everyone would have safely managed water and sanitation by 2030.  

Right now, we are seriously off-track. Billions of people and countless schools, businesses, healthcare centres, farms and factories are being held back because their human rights to water and sanitation have not yet been fulfilled. 


We need to accelerate change – to go beyond ‘business as usual’  

Governments have to work on average four times faster to meet SDG 6 on time, but this is not a situation that governments can solve on their own. 

Water affects everyone, so we need everyone to take action. 

You and your family, school and community can make a difference by changing the way you use, consume and manage water in your lives. 


The Water Action Agenda 

Your commitments will be added to the larger-scale commitments from governments, companies, organizations, institutions and coalitions. 

Together, these promises will form the Water Action Agenda, to be launched at the UN 2023 Water Conference

This World Water Day is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite around water and accelerate progress together. 

Play your part by doing what you can. 



The UN 2023 Water Conference, 22-24 March, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the world around solving the water and sanitation crisis. 

National governments and stakeholders from all levels of society will come together to commit to action. 

This Conference will launch the Water Action Agenda, which will include commitments from people around the world.  


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The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) is UN-Water’s flagship report on water and sanitation issues.  

Launched on World Water Day, the 2023 edition, Partnerships and Cooperation for Water, gives policy recommendations to decision makers by offering best practices and in-depth analyses.  

The WWDR is published by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water and its production is coordinated by the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. 

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