About the summit

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, stresses “that water does not need to be a problem – it can be part of the solution. Water can support efforts to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

The 33rd UN-Water Meeting was hosted on 29th September 2020 with the agenda to discuss the role of water and sanitation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective was to discuss the opportunities to engage at the global level to build momentum for implementation of SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

Key Discussion Points

Improving water-use efficiency

Wastewater Management​

Increasing safe water access for communities that face scarcity​

Adoption of smart water policies and regulations​

Employing water saving technologies ​

Sustainable Investment in Water​

Water Infrastructure​

Optimising water use​

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December 2020

Global facts

2.2 billion people currently do not have access to safely managed drinking water, and 4.2 billion, or 55% of the world’s population, are without safely managed sanitation.

Source: UN Water

By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.


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