UN 2023 Water Conference

March 22-24, 2023

Elevating the voices of cities on Urban Water Resilience


The UN 2023 Water Conference will be held on March 22-24, 2023, in New York City which provides a unique opportunity for the world water community. It is the first UN conference on water in nearly 50 years and comes at a time when there are urgent needs for bold and accelerated water action. The outcome of the Conference will be a summary of the Conference proceedings and new commitments, pledges and actions by Governments and all stakeholders towards achieving SDG 6 and other water-related goals and targets, compiled in the Water Action Agenda.

New York Water Week

Complementary to the UN 2023 Water Conference program several partners, led by The Kingdom of the Netherlands are organizing the New York Water Week between March 18- 24, 2023, which will offer opportunities to explore the art, the science and the challenges pertaining to water across a wider array of stakeholders – including cities!


Ahmed Aboutaleb

Mayor of Rotterdam

Claudio Orrego

Governor of Metropolitan Region of Santiago

Daniel Stander

Deputy Chair, Board, Resilient Cities Network

Enrique Alfaro

Governor of Jalisco

Henk Ovink

Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Lianne Dalziel

Board Member, Resilient Cities Network

Robert van Asten

Deputy Mayor of The Hague

Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston, Board Chair, Resilient Cities Network

Hans Gehrels

Global lead on Urban resilience, Board Member, Resilient Cities Network

Arnoud Molenaar

Chief Resilience Officer, Rotterdam

Priya Zachariah

Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer, Houston

Roos Meilnik

Chief Resilience Officer, The Hague

Patricia Martinez

Chief Resilience Officer, Guadalajara

Krishna Mohan

Chief Resilience Officer, Chennai

Lauren Sorkin

Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network

Dana Omran

Global Director, Strategy and Operations and Regional Director, Africa, Resilient Cities Network

Katrin Bruebach

Global Director, Programs, Innovation and Impact, Resilient Cities Network

Laurian Farrell

Regional Director, North America & Global Director, Knowledge Transformation, Resilient Cities Network

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy

Global Director, Policy and Investments, Resilient Cities Network

Program of Events

This program is being updated and some event details are subject to change. All times are indicated in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

For event inquiries contact: events@r-cities.org

Event Description

March 21, 2023


Cities Solve, Cities Deliver – Accelerating Water Action for Resilient Cities
A knowledge exchange and networking event, showcases game-changing water initiatives across the globe
Netherlands Water House

March 21, 2023


Water As Leverage Innovation Lab
Co-creating alternative approaches that are implementable, innovative, integral and inclusive
Columbia University Climate School

March 22, 2023


Water Safe Cities: A blueprint for climate action
Showcase city water solutions and innovations in urban water management
Danish Consulate

March 22, 2023


A new generation of urban climate solutions
Showcase how cities can strengthen activities and commitments on water solutions that provides multiple benefits
Swedish Consulate

March 23, 2023


WaterAid High-level Roundtable ‘Mobilizing Finance for Water
Accelerating action to drive positive change for people and planet
Bank of America Tower

March 23, 2023


Bridging the Investment Gap and Ensuring the Delivery of SDG6
AIP International High-Level Panel on Accelerating Water Resilience in Africa’s Cities
Side Event Room B, UNHQ

March 24, 2023


Localizing the Blue Economy: A City-Basin Approach
Fostering cross-sectoral partnerships to better connect SDG 6, 14 and 11 towards the Water Action Agenda
Side Event Room 8, UNHQ

March 24, 2023


Pollution, Sanitation, Water Quality and Climate Resilience, a Call to Action
Promoting a holistic, climate-resilient sanitation approach and commitments to the Call to Action on Climate Resilient Sanitation
Trusteeship, UNHQ

March 24, 2023


A city-basin approach to water security in Africa: Solutions and commitments
Rethinking urban water through a regional and environmental justice lens in cities around the world
Interactive Dialogue Room (CR4) at UNHQ

March 24, 2023


Waves of Change: Talking the Untalkable LATAM Edition
High-level dialogues to promote innovative thinking that allow us to detonate transformative and long-term solutions
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

News and Resources

Cities Solve, Cities Deliver

Cities Solve, Cities Deliver

Cities Solve, Cities Deliver, is a campaign launched by the Resilient Cities Network in the run-up to the UN 2023 Water Conference.

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