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A lot can change in ten years

The United Nations has committed to focus on water for a decade. That’s ten years to advance sustainable development. Ten years to breathe new air into existing programmes and projects. Play your part and make a difference.

Countries are already taking action…

Inspiring stories about how state actors are improving water services for millions of people every year.

 …and so are organizations

Explore the ways that organizations around the world are working on the water crisis.

What’s happening right now


On November 28th the UN General Assembly Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade in 2023.

The midterm review will take place 22 – 24 March 2023 in New York to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018 – 2028.  The Resolution also requests the President of the General Assembly to convene a high-level meeting in 2021 to promote implementation of the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

Statement delivered by the Permanent Mission of Tajikistan to the United Nations.

Statement delivered by the European Union.

About the Decade


Water Action Decade 2018-2028

Water and sanitation are preconditions to life and we must put a greater focus on these human rights. During the decade, the international community sets out to:

  1. Advance sustainable development
  2. Energize existing programmes and projects
  3. Inspire action to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Learn more about the objectives in the  UN Secretary General’s Action Plan.