The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater 2022 is envisaged as a major contribution to making the groundwater more visible in order to better manage and protect it. It will bring attention to groundwater at the highest international level. The Summit will use the World Water Development Report 2022 as a baseline and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework as a guidelines to define actions towards more responsible and sustainable use and protection of this vital natural resource. The summit will unify the statements from all major water-related events in 2021 in one comprehensive groundwater message for the UN Water Conference 2023.
The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater will take place on 7-8 December 2022 at UNESCO HQ, Paris. Participation is foreseen in hybrid mode, both in presence and remotely. A Pre-Summit Day, devoted to side events, will take place on 6 December 2022. English/French interpretation is foreseen. Registration is free of charge.
Role of IGRAC
IGRAC is co-coordinator of the summit and will be involved in several sessions throughout the programme. As co-coordinator of the 'Strengthening interface science-policy-practice' session, Christina Fraser will present the Groundwater Catalogue, while Neno Kukuric and Arnaud Sterckx co-coordinate and contribute to the transboundary aquifers session. Furthermore, Claudia Ruz Vargas will contribute to the data & information accelerator of the SDG 6 Global Accelerator Framework sessions.