UN Groundwater Summit 2022 to help raise awareness on aquifer protection, sustainable use

Key takeaways will be presented at UN 2023 Water Conference in New York in March 2023

By Preetha Banerjee
Published: Tuesday 06 December 2022
UN Groundwater Summit 2022 to help promote aquifer protection, meet SDG 6 Photo: iStock

The importance of protecting groundwater and methods for its sustainable use will be the highlights of the United Nations-Water Summit on Groundwater 2022 that begins December 7, 2022 in Paris, France.

The two-day conference will be organised by UN-Water, UNESCO and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre. 

The summit that aims to raise awareness on groundwater conservation at the global stage will mark the completion of the “Groundwater: Making the invisible visible” campaign run by UN-Water throughout 2022. 

The discussions will highlight the opportunities and challenges of groundwater management across the world as presented in The United Nations World Water Development Report 2022 published March 22, 2022. 

The campaign highlighted the role of groundwater in alleviating poverty, food and water insecurity and other socio-economic development hurdles. 

Groundwater management is imperative to meet the UN-mandated Sustainable Development Goal 6 of providing clean water and sanitation for all. 

Groundwater is a vital resource that provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide, about 40 per cent of water for irrigated agriculture and about a third of water required for industry,” UN said in a press statement. 

The role of groundwater in human development becomes bigger in the face of heightened water scarcity that is “already affecting about 2.7 billion people around the world for at least one month per year”, the global body added. 

The five pillars of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework released in June 2020 — data and information, capacity development, innovation, finance and governance — will be the main themes of the discussions. 

The key takeaways from the summit will be presented at the UN 2023 Water Conference to be held in New York in March 2023. 

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