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The United Nations 2023 Water Conference, will be held in New York for 3 days (22-24 March)

Almost 50 years have passed since the last UN Conference on water issues in 1977. This Conference – formally known as the 2023 Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation (2018-2028) - is an essential gathering for all actors working on water-related themes. In every human activity water is required, as for all forms of life; its preservation is no longer an option but a must. Let’s shine the spotlight on our most valuable resource and the challenges we need to tackle together and individually.

The conference comprises five Interactive Dialogues (ID) on different themes (click here to learn more).

Water4All will particularly contribute to the Interactive Dialogues 4 and 5:

  • ID 4:  Water for Cooperation: transboundary & international cooperation
  • ID 5: Water Action Decade: Accelerating the implementation of the objectives

By gathering a variety of actors from different countries (funding agencies, and research institutions amongst others) Water4All supports a common vision of Research needs for water at the European level, closely linked with citizens, policymakers, and economic actors’ expectations. Concentrating the funds from different countries in Europe and across Water4All Partnership can help accelerate research and support international cooperation between researchers.

Water4All will also deliver tools and platforms to share existing and forthcoming knowledge with knowledge hubs and open databases.

Water4All will be in New York with its partners:

Ariane BLUM, Water4All CEO, Antonio Lo Porto (CNR) and Panos Balabanis (European Commission) will participate in the following Side Events to present the Partnership and explain its contribution to related themes:

  1. On 22nd March, “Collaborative Innovation: the key toward a Water Smart Society  led by Vito, Belgium and Water Europe.
  2. On 23rd March, The Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration in freshwater ecosystems: insights from law, practice and research around the world” led by the University of Evora, Portugal.
  3. On 23rd March,Transdisciplinary Ecohydrology for the acceleration of SDG – methodology of science & patterns of implementationled by the Ministry of Industry, Poland.
  4. On 24th March,Inclusive Science for Water Securityled by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Chile.

We thank the partners involved in the organisation of these Side Events: @katrienVanHooydonk @ana mendes @maciej zalewski @dominique darmendrail @loic charpentier @durk krol.

Water4All at a glance

Water4All Partnership is a new way to organise, structure and work together on water issues at a scientific research level.  We share water resources and face the same issues, if we come together we are stronger to tackle the biggest challenge of this century: restore, preserve and carefully use water for everyone's needs and life in general.

  • Organisation

The partnership, within the EU frame (Horizon Europe), aims at concentrating and supporting Research and Innovation at the European level and beyond for the next decade. This partnership brings together a wide and cohesive group of 81 partners from 31 countries.

  • Strategy and goals

Water4All strategy is based on a very large consultation of stakeholders to structure its goals. Water4All is organised around seven main themes & contributes to the United Nations SDG (Sustainable Development Goals). It brings practical solutions to citizens, policymakers, local authorities and economic actors.

Let’s discover more details about the Partnership: click here

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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.