framework and
approach for
management and
restoration of shared
water resources and
their associated

This session will address the issue of integrated natural resource management, with a focus on shared transboundary groundwater and its interaction with surface water. Relevant results obtained in the context of land restoration will be highlighted. It will also comprehensively address the challenges of integrating ecosystem accounting into countries' planning processes.
It will bring together representatives of basin organizations working in these areas, national or regional cooperation and/or development agencies and national partners.
The specific objectives are :

Meet and Collaborate with and African Center of Excellence

This side event aims at bringing together in a very casual way water professionals and stakeholders in order to open discussions to find axes for collaboration. The objectives are to:
1-Offer African Center of Excellence working in the water field to showcase their expertise
2-In a B2B meeting style in a casual and concrete way spark discussions for potential partnerships
3-introduce african research of excellence in sustainable water resources to the world

Portuguese language cooperation in water supply and sanitation - technical, social, environmental and regulatory perspectives

The Session intends to reflect on the role of international cooperation to the achievement of SDG6 taking into consideration concrete projects existing in Portuguese speaking countries. This session will address the technical, social, environmental, and regulatory perspectives of these countries, with a view to achieving the SDGs, in particular the SDG6.

Cooperation of Central Asian countries to ensure Water Security in the context of Climate Change

Central Asia - an extensive, landlocked region of Asia. The region includes the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan. According to the latest UN estimations, the current population of Central Asia is more than 75.1 million people - this is about 1% of the total population of the Earth.

Making water a factor of peace and development in West and Central Africa, evolution and perspectives of the Pôle Eau Dakar initiative.

The session aims first to address the Water-Peace-Security nexus in the West and Central African context. Also, it aims to present the main achievements of the DEP initiative since its official launch in 2019; the session will serve as an opportunity to exchange on the main future strategic orientations of the DEP in terms of think tank on the water-peace-development nexus. To this end, the session will aim to explore the possibilities of setting up the follow-up mechanism of the WEF recommendations in concert with the Dakar Water Forum Secretariat.

Partnerships for SDG 6

"SDG 6 of the 2030 Agenda wants to "Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation", but the importance of water is also evident for the success of the other goals marked by the 2030 Agenda. Moreover, in the current global context of a health pandemic, water plays a central role in the economic and health recovery of states, promoting resilience, employment opportunities and health benefits and access to innovative financing.

Portuguese language cooperation in the framework of water supply and sanitation - political and institutional perspectives

The Session intends to reflect on the role of international cooperation to the achievement of SDG6 taking into consideration concrete projects existing in Portuguese speaking countries. This session will try to identify the main successes achieved, but also the main challenges ahead. Shared experiences allow the diffusion of solutions to be adapted to each country’s reality.

Making the invisible visible: groundwater a response for resilience and sustainability

The High-Level Panel (HLP) is intended to be a follow up event after the plenary session of the celebration of the UN-World Water Day 2022 organized by UNESCO and UN-WATER about the topic of the UNWWDay Groundwater: Making the invisible visible. The HLP panel will allow to organize a larger and in-depth debate about the UN Development Report 2022 that is presented the 21st of March at the opening with the participation of high-level countries representatives and high-level experts. The HLP is meant to discuss how groundwater can be a response to water security challenges.