12 Sessions

1,000 Participants

35 High-level Speakers

Groundwater
Making the invisible
visible

Groundwater is invisible, and yet its impact is visible everywhere. It is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater aims to bring attention to groundwater at the highest international level. The Summit will use the UN World Water Development Report 2022 as a baseline and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework as a guideline to define actions towards more responsible and sustainable use and protection of this vital natural resource. The Summit will unify the statements from all major water-related events in 2021-2022 into one comprehensive groundwater message for the UN 2023 Water Conference.

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SESSIONS

6 Dec (side events)
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Pre-Summit side events will take place on 6 December 2022 at UNESCO HQ in Paris, France, the day before the Summit begins.
7 Dec
- 09:00
After a warm welcome and addresses by the Groundwater Summit organizers (UN-Water, UNESCO, IGRAC), the main findings and highlights from the WWDR 2022 will be presented.
7 Dec
- 11:00
During this session, attention will be given to the Accelerator of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework dedicated to: Capacity development.
7 Dec
- 12:00
During this session, attention will be given to the accelerator of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework dedicated to finance.
7 Dec
- 14:30
During this session, attention will be given to the accelerator of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework dedicated to governance.
7 Dec
- 15:30
During this session, attention will be given to the accelerator of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework dedicated to data & information.
7 Dec
- 16:30
During this session, attention will be given to the accelerator of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework dedicated to innovation.
8 Dec
- 09:00
This session will present the results of the regional dialogues conducted in 2022 as part of the Regional Preparatory Meetings of the UN 2023 Water Conference. Regional perspectives on the state of groundwater resources, challenges and actions required will be addressed in this session.
8 Dec
- 10:00
With the aim of improving coordination at all levels, this session will present the main results of the monitoring of SDG 6 Indicator 6.5.2 on water cooperation, success stories of Member States, and main messages from ISARM2021. 
8 Dec
- 11:30
Exploring and sustainably exploiting groundwater in Africa will be crucial in ensuring water security water security for future generations.
8 Dec
- 14:00
This session is dedicated to enhancing the interface of groundwater science-policy-practice by highlighting the main challenges, showcasing innovative approaches and tools to bridge gaps, and formulating priority actions.
8 Dec
- 15:00
Representatives of different youth organizations, in collaboration with the Groundwater Youth Network, will discuss youth engagement in groundwater governance as essential for achieving water security and the achievement of SDG 6.
8 Dec
- 16:00
The official closing will include a joint UN-Water statement and high level statements towards UN Water Conference.

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