The UN-Water Summit on Groundwater will be the culminating event of the 2022 campaign “Groundwater: making the invisible visible”, implemented by the dedicated UN-Water Task Force, co-coordinated by UNESCO and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), on behalf of UN-Water. 

During the Summit attention will be drawn to the topic of groundwater at the highest international level, while also serving as a culminating event for the ‘Groundwater: Making invisible visible’ campaign that has run throughout 2022. The Summit will use as baseline the UN World Water Development Report 2022 (WWDR 2022) focused on Groundwater, and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework as a guideline 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 groundwater-related events into one, comprehensive groundwater message for the UN 2023 Water Conference. 

Pre-Summit side events - 6 December
Opening and SDG 6 accelerators sessions - 7 December
Thematic groundwater sessions and closing session - 8 December

IGRAC's insights on the Year of Groundwater

"Approaching groundwater problems from an integrated approach is essential", says Elisabeth Lictevout, director of IGRAC - the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre.

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