Water for Cooperation: Transboundary & International…

Water for Cooperation: Transboundary & International Water Cooperation, Cross Sectoral Cooperation, including Scientific Cooperation, & Water Across the 2030 Agenda (Interactive Dialogue 4, UN 2023 Water Conference)

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Interactive dialogue 4: Water for Cooperation: Transboundary and International Water Cooperation, Cross Sectoral Cooperation, including Scientific Cooperation, and Water Across the 2030 Agenda (SDG 6.5, 6.b and SDGs 16, 17) - United Nations Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development", 2018–2028 (22-24 March 2023)
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Water unites people more often than it divides them. Water cooperation2 across borders and sectors has proven to generate benefits that accelerate progress across Sustainable Development Goals, including delivering safe drinking water and sanitation, enhancing food security, sustaining healthy livelihoods and ecosystems, helping to address resilience to climate change, contributing to disaster risk reduction, providing renewable energy, supporting cities and industry, and fostering regional integration and peace.  


  • H.E. Mr. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal
  • H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland


  • Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)


  • (Keynote) H.E. Mr. Tran Hong Ha, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
  • H.E Mr. Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Federal Minister of Water Resources of Pakistan
  • Mr. Ahmet Mete SAATÇİ, Emeritus Professor, Member of the Board of Governors of World Water Council 2019-2022 of Türkiye
  • Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Lead Discussants

  • H.E. Mr. Norbert Totschnig, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management of the Republic of Austria
  • H.E. Mr. Danilo Türk, Lead Political Advisor - Geneva Water Hub, President of Club de Madrid, and Former President of Slovenia  
  • Ms. Maria Gwynn, Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public International Law at the University of Bonn of Paraguay
  • Mr. Mohamed Abdel Vetah, High Commissioner of the Senegal Basin Development Organization (OMVS)
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