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The UN 2023 Water Conference and pathways towards sustainability transformation for a water-secure world

Transforming how we understand, value and manage water towards water security and resilience will accelerate progress in achieving the 2030 Agenda. On 22–24 March 2023, a unique United Nations (UN) Conference on water will be held, uniting the world for water. We reflect on this once-in-generation opportunity, and how it can spillover a just and sustainable transformation across all sectors and governance levels.

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The vision and principles that informed the UN2023 Water Conference’s process by Marieke van der Velden,


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Correspondence to Henk Ovink, Sulton Rahimzoda, Johannes Cullman or Angelo Jonas Imperiale.

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The authors H.O., S.R., and J.C. had (and still have) a leading role in the co-organization of the Water Conference and of the participatory meetings leading up to the conference.

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Ovink, H., Rahimzoda, S., Cullman, J. et al. The UN 2023 Water Conference and pathways towards sustainability transformation for a water-secure world. Nat Water 1, 212–215 (2023).

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