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Regional dialogues

8 Dec
Session time: 09:00
Finish: 10:00

Groundwater provides the primary access to water in remote areas and areas where public water networks are inaccessible or unavailable, it is part of climate change adaptation and of societal resilience to climate change and in sustaining rivers baseflow. Globally it provides 50 per cent of drinking water supplies, 40 per cent of irrigation water, playing a major role in food security, and 30 per cent of industry demands. Yet, groundwater is undervalued with aquifer systems poorly understood and managed in many parts of the world.   

With discussions refocused on groundwater for the year 2022, this session moves discussions from the global to the regional level by initiating a dialogue between representatives from the regions of the five United Nations regional commissions: the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).  

This session will draw on the Water Action Decade Regional Preparatory Meetings for the UN 2023 Water Conference to inform dialogues on overcoming challenges and promoting sustainable solutions in groundwater management. Therefore, the main objectives of this session are:  

  • Making groundwater more visible at regional level  
  • Exposing status, challenges, and opportunities of groundwater in each region  
  • Defining actions towards more responsible, sustainable use and protection of groundwater at regional level  
  • Contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework  
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