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Which conclusions do we need to bring back from the UN Water Conference 2023 to not fail the achievement of the SDG 6? How can we effectively implement the Water Action Agenda 2030? Cooperation and partnership have been identified as strategic drivers to deliver innovative and transformative solutions towards a more sustainable water management.

On the 23rd of May 2023, the MEP Water Group will co-host a conference in cooperation with UNESCO on this year's theme of the World Water Development Report "Partnerships and Cooperation for Water" and their importance in achieving SDG 6 by 2030. It depends on the capacity of all societies and institutions to come together in partnerships and cooperation to rapidly speed up progress, as stressed in the UN Water Conference 2023.

This event aims to explore cooperative solutions to tackle our water-related global challenges, stressing the need to put in place a resilient and inclusive water system to achieve a Water-Smart Society in Europe and beyond. Relevant stakeholders shall strengthen collaborative tools for innovations, such as Water-Oriented Living Labs (WoLLs). Based on three key perspectives for building a sustainable water strategy – gender, research, and EU-African collaboration – the panel will explore effective solutions for implementing a cooperative strategy on water in Europe and beyond.

The MEP Water Group is a cross-party and cross-committee forum in the European Parliament whose key role is to raise the value of water as an integral topic in EU decision-making and underline the importance of good water strategy to the benefit of European and global society, covering the whole water cycle and value-chain.


Pernille Weiss

MEP, Chair MEP Water Group at European Parliament

Durk Krol

Executive Director of Water Europe

Louise Haxthausen

Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels at UNESCO

Hans Goossens

CEO of De Watergroep

Ariane Blum

Water4All Partnership CEO of ANR - French National Research Agency

Daniel De Paula

Policy Assistant at Water Europe



Pernille WEISS, Chairwoman of the MEP Water Group


Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and Representative to the European institutions

Keynote – The outcomes of the UN Water Conference 2023

Ms. Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General, Directorate General INTPA, European Commission

Presentation of the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2023: Partnerships and Cooperation for Water

Richard Connor, UNWWDR Editor-in-Chief (UNESCO-WWAP)

Which Perspective in EuropeThe Blue Deal

Pietro de Lotto, President of the CCMI, European Economic and Social Committee

Roundtable and Q&A – European Water-Smart Strategy to achieve the SDG 6

Implementing a cooperative strategy on water in Europe and beyond

• Hans Goossens, Water Europe President, CEO de Watergroep

• Tanja Miskova, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Ambassador-at-Large for Water Diplomacy
• Hans Stielstra, Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable Freshwater Management, DG ENV, European Commission
• Ariane Blum, CEO, Water for all
• Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema, Vice President of the International Commission of Water Resources Systems of International Association of Hydrol. Sc


Durk Krol, Executive director, Water Europe