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UN Water 2023 Conference - Joint GWC/SWA Event

22 Mar 2023


We are happy to share that the GWC, together with Sanitation and Water For All has hosted a side event at UN water 2023 conference on "Joined-up Action for Humanitarian and Development Collective Outcomes to Accelerate SDG6".

The event took place on Wednesday 22 March from 8 AM to 10 AM EST (1 PM to 3 PM CET) at the UNICEF Danny Kaye Center in New York. Recording and materials coming soon.


Event Agenda - read more in the speaker bios

Joined up Action for Humanitarian and Development Collective Outcomes to Accelerate SDG6
22 March 2023 - 8 AM - 10 AM EST
UNICEF New York, Danny Kaye Center

08:15 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Ms. Melissa Opryszko, WASH Team Lead, USAID/BHA (Moderator)
  • Mr. Manuel Fontaine, Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), UNICEF
08:20 - Interactive Dialogue
  • Mr. Ghulam Isaczai, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, Iraq
  • Honorable Ms. Alice Muthoni Wahome, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, Republic of Kenya
  • Mme Julienne Tiendrebeogo, Directrice Generale de l’Assainissement, Ministère de l'Environnement et de l'Assainissement, Burkina Faso
  • Ms. Helena Fraser, Director, Policy and Programming Branch, Development Coordination Office (DCO)
  • Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Director, Coordination Unit, OCHA 
08:45 - Acknowledgements - Donor Messages
  • Ms. Maura Barry, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, and USAID Global Water Coordinator, USAID
  • Mr. Nikolaos Papamanolis, Policy Officer for the WASH and Shelter and Settlements Policy Files of the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) at the European Commission

08:55 - Moderated Q&A

09:15 - Presentation of the Voluntary Commitments

  • Monica Ramos, Global WASH Cluster Coordinator

09:25 - Closing Remarks

9:30-10:00 AM - Light refreshments and mingling for in-person participation

For the GWC and SWA, the conference Water Action Decade theme is a strategic opportunity to advocate for and commit to a collective humanitarian and development action. It also creates a very powerful culminating moment to build partnerships and donor engagement. We invite member states and decision-makers at the UN Water Conference to use the following initiative on collective outcomes and position the WASH sector as a catalyst and thought leader to operationalize the modalities of these joint commitments and further act upon them.

Note that the GWC is also involved in the following events from key partners and highly encourages participation and representation from humanitarian actors and others:

advocacy note

The joint advocacy note reinforces the need for core coordination and collaboration principles. It also proposes a key way forward for collective action between humanitarian, development, and, where relevant and appropriate, peace actors. The following priority areas outline how we can jointly reduce people’s humanitarian needs, risks, and vulnerabilities by working towards ‘collective outcomes’ (as outlined by IASC):
  1. Joint analysis or sharing of analyses to obtain a shared understanding of need, risk and vulnerability.
  2. Articulation of ‘collective outcomes’ or priority areas based on the areas of greatest need, risk and vulnerability.
  3. Joined-up planning and programming in support of these collective outcomes or priorities.
  4. Financing that is aligned or harmonized around these collective outcomes or priorities.
The note also highlights a key call to action for governments, member states, and key stakeholders to make this collective effort the humanitarian-development divide. Read more here on the GWC commitments and key advocacy messages.

For National Coordination Platforms - we highly encourage you to engage your respective government counterparts to voice the key messages around coordination and collective outcomes at the UN-Water conference, as well as with key stakeholders and decision-makers in your country. You can adapt the advocacy template and use the toolkit below to your needs and contextualize your messages, it will make the case even stronger at the UN water conference. 

For GWC Members and other partners - we highly encourage you to attend the GWC / SWA event and to echo the advocacy note with your representatives at the senior management level or any stakeholders within your organization interested or likely to have an influence in the UN Water 2023 conference.

We invite all to use GWC UN Water advocacy template and its comms toolkit and adapt it to your context or simply echo these messages to your government counterparts, key stakeholders in-country, or senior management. You can also find us and engage with us before and during the conference on Twitter here.

Looking for a participant? The UN does not publish a public participant list so we recommend you use JoshWaterJobs's “informal” participant list for the UN 2023 Water Conference to help people find each other for meetings and speaking opportunities. You can fill out an online form here. The information you provide is automatically transferred to the publicly available, sortable Excel sheet here

We will send more information about event participation, details, and online links in the coming days, if you have any questions, please write to:

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