Programme overview

The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater will be the culmination of the “Groundwater: making the invisible visible” campaign , implemented throughout 2022, coordinated by UNESCO and International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), on behalf of UN-Water.

Main messages from the Summit will be conveyed to the UN 2023 Water Conference to be held in New York in March 2023, with the aim of raising the crucial importance of groundwater.


Pre-Summit side events

6 December

All entities or organizations interested in holding a side event during this Pre-Summit day have been invited to submit their proposals. 

The application deadline has passed and submitted proposals are currently under review. All accepted side events will be organized in the same premises and advertised on the Summit website as part of the programme.

Opening and SDG 6 accelerators sessions

7 December

After the opening session, five consecutive sessions will be dedicated to one of the SDG 6 accelerators: data and information, capacity development, innovation, governance and finance.

Each session will present an overview of the global state of a topic (an accelerator). A discussion will follow on the main conclusions / challenges / proposed actions needed to make groundwater visible and to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6.

Thematic groundwater sessions and closing session

8 December

Two of the selected sessions on Day 2 will have a geographical dimension, namely: regional dialogues and groundwater in Africa. A session on the science-policy-practice interface will connect the UN World Water Development Report 2022 and the Groundwater Catalogue. Transboundary aquifers will also be in focus. The final thematic session will be the youth forum.

Details on the sessions are provided below.