What is the UN 2023 Water Conference and why is it so important? Two experts explain

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The first UN Water Conference in almost five decades is taking place in New York on 22-24 March, co-hosted by the Netherlands and Tajikistan. Image: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Henk Ovink
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Netherlands Government
Sulton Rahimzoda
Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Water and Climate Coalition Leaders, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea
Meeting drinking water, sanitation and hygiene targets. UN water conference 2023
A snapshot of the water crisis. Image: UN


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Population estimates, 1950-2022, and projections with 95 per cent prediction intervals, 2022-2050, by region. UN water conference 2023
Population growth estimates by region. Image: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Global water withdrawals throughout the previous century. UN Water Conference 2023
How water use has grown over the past century. Image: UN-Water


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