Participate in the UN-Water Summit on Groundwater 2022

The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater, taking place on 7-8 December 2022 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, will draw attention to the challenges and opportunities groundwater offers across all sectors, from industry and agriculture to ecosystem health and climate change. Pre-Summit side events will take place on 6 December 2022, the day before the Summit begins.
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Groundwater provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide, around 40% of the water used in irrigation and about one third of the supply required for industry. Not only does groundwater sustain ecosystems, it is also an important factor in climate change adaption. With the rise in water scarcity and the decrease in the availability of surface water (due to human activity and climate change), there is increased reliance and pressure on groundwater.

The Summit is the culminating event of a year that has been essential in raising awareness of this precious resource, with a global annual campaign on “Groundwater: making the invisible visible”, led by UNESCO, together with the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), on behalf of UN-Water.

The Summit will use the World Water Development Report 2022 (WWDR 2022), focused on Groundwater, as baseline and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework as a guideline to define actions towards more responsible and sustainable use and protection of this vital natural resource. It aims to unify the outcomes of the main groundwater-related events organized this year into one, comprehensive groundwater message for the UN 2023 Water Conference.

Participate in the Summit

The Summit will be a hybrid event, allowing for in-person or remote participation. The sessions will be in English and French, with interpretation provided. Registration is free upon registration (subject to availability, within the limits of the capacity of the venue).

Side Events

We thank all of the organizations who submitted side-event proposals for the Pre-summit of the UN-Water Summit on Groundwater, taking place on 6 December 2022. The call for submissions is now closed.