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IDB, Partners Lead UN 2023 Water Sessions on Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Most important event on water and sanitation in a generation to explore water’s importance to sustainable development and the future of our planet.

The United Nations General Assembly, with support from the Governments of the Netherlands and Tajikistan, will convene at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York from March 22 to 24. This conference aims to raise awareness of the global water crisis and decide on concerted action to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will launch the Water Action Agenda as a main outcome, which represents the voluntary commitments at all levels, including by governments, institutions, and local communities. This agenda will help mobilize action by governments, sectors, and stakeholders to meet the global water-related goals and targets.

Ilan Goldfajn, President of the Inter-American Development Bank, will be speaking at the Leadership segment at the UN General Assembly Hall. His address will include the IDB’s assessment of the regional challenges related to water and sanitation access and water resources management in a climate change context. President Goldfajn will also state the IDB's commitments to the Water Action Agenda

Moreover, together with FEMSA Foundation, One Drop Foundation and the Stockholm International Water Institute, the partners of Source of Innovation and Lazos de Agua Program, the IInter-American Development Bank (IDB) is coordinating two events at the UN 2023 Water Conference in a hybrid online/in-person format:

Be the drop that shapes the wave
Thursday, March 23, 2023 – 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (ET)
In this session, artists from Latin America and New York and actors from various sectors will present a water-themed art installation. This social art project fosters engagement and ownership within the community, as seen in the Lazos de Agua program, an initiative that has already benefitted more than 235,000 Latin Americans through water and sanitation and is on its way to impacting many more. The installation inspires deep reflection on our relationship with water by recognizing the power of individuals to create and shape a water secure future.

In this showcase, the commitment to work towards a global call to action to promote rural water, sanitation and hygiene services is announced, led by the Inter-American Bank in conjunction with the Asian Bank, the African Development Bank, the Council of African Ministers on Water, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, in partnership with Sanitation and Water for All and the Rural Water Supply Network, representing governments and civil society.

Source of Innovation: Accelerating SDG 6
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. ET and 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (ET)
The innovation can catalyze a transformative change in the water and sanitation sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. This session will focus on sharing interactive tools and explore what it is required to turn innovation into action. In addition, participants will analyze the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and institutions, and define strategies to apply and scale up innovations, as well as reflect on how to overcome obstacles and gaps and discuss the success factors that can allow innovation to be replicated and extended.

During the showcase, a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the IDB and the World Meteorological Organization to promote programs and projects that foster cooperation, and to support investments and resource planning for water security in emerging markets and developing economies across the region by improving access to quality data, information and technical capacity.

For more information about the event, read the program and follow the discussion on our blog and social media.

About the Inter-American Development Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank's mission is to improve lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and offers policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private clients throughout the region. Access our virtual tour.

About FEMSA Foundation
At Fundación FEMSA we dedicate ourselves to cultivating prosperity for present and future generations. To achieve this vision, we focus on four themes that we believe are levers for change. These include: Early Childhood, Art and Culture, Circular Economy, and Water Security. More information at: or visit our social media: FB, IG, TW (@FundacionFEMSA) and LI (/Fundación-FEMSA) 

About the One Drop Foundation
The One DropTM Foundation is an international philanthropic organization created by Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge founder Guy Laliberté with the vision of a better world, where all have access to living conditions that allow empowerment and development. Its mission is to ensure sustainable access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for communities facing extreme barriers through innovative partnerships, creativity, and the power of art. Together with its partners, the One Drop Foundation deploys its unique Social Art for Behaviour ChangeTM approach designed to promote the adoption of healthy water, sanitation and hygiene-related behaviours and empower communities. For this to be possible, the One Drop Foundation creates novel fundraising initiatives supported by a visionary community of partners and donors. The One Drop Foundation is celebrating 15 years of turning water into action, with projects that will soon have improved the living conditions of more than 2.7 million people around the world. Visit and follow our impact via NewsletterFacebookLinkedIn, TwitterInstagram, and TikTok.

About the Stockholm International Water Institute
The Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI, works globally to change how water is understood, valued and managed. As advocates and advisors, we show how improved water governance is key to a fairer, more prosperous, and resilient future. SIWI is a not-for-profit institute with a wide range of expertise in water governance – from sanitation and water resources management to water diplomacy. We create knowledge, develop capacity, and offer policy advice to countries, communities, and companies. SIWI organizes the world’s leading water conference, World Water Week, and awards the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. We also empower young people to solve water issues through the international competition Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Read more on


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