Uniting New York City and the world to drive water action

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Water offers powerful solutions to tackle global problems, from climate change to inequality, but does not receive the attention it deserves.

New York Water Week showcased game-changing water actions and solutions from across the world and built momentum for the United Nations 2023 Water Conference which took place 22 – 24 March 2023.

#WaterAction that leaves no one behind.


New York Water Week offered the chance to come together with your neighbors, community leaders, businesses and government to host and attend events that champion water innovation and action around the world.

From a film festival to plenaries, art shows, challenges and workshops, New York Water Week brought together the best the world has to offer, all to celebrate and drive #WaterAction in the lead-up to the UN 2023 Water Conference.

18 – 24 March 2023,
New York City

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Racing to find solutions to subway flooding 

New York’s subway system is the nation’s busiest, serving 15.3 million people across a 5,000-square-mile travel area. So, keeping it operational under all conditions – including heavy rainfall and hurricanes – is vital the livelihood of… Read More
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Providing a Voice for the Unheard

Emotional stories from people overcoming societal challenges to create clean water solutions provided inspiration to a full in-person audience and an estimated 200 individuals online during the Hearing the Unheard: the Human Right to Water and… Read More
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Youth connect with local water resources

Nearly 70 elementary school children dove into an educational water challenge during New York Water Week. The aspiring environmentalists participated in the EarthEcho International Water Challenge Program on World Water Day, March 22, and came away… Read More
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A Q&A with the UN2023Gamechanger Challenge Winners

Team “Algeanius” was named the winner of the UN2023 Gamechanger Challenge with their Green Gold concept to desalinate seawater in a sufficient and sustainable way. Here is how that concept became a reality, according to the… Read More
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Water Innovations Event Brings Hope to Solving Water Crisis

More than 300 people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all over the world shared a common spirit of innovation and commitment to creating a future with clean water at the famous… Read More
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Open Spaces and Seals in New York? You Better Believe It

“I didn’t expect this.” That was the comment made by Andrea Ferret at the conclusion of her hike on Staten Island, one of the 140+ off-site events during New York Water Week. Ferret, in New York… Read More
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New App Puts History of New York Water at Your Fingertips

Learning about New York’s history and local water projects has gone digital. The Together We Walk app made for New York Water Week provides an easy and convenient way to walk the city and receive an… Read More
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Celebrating World Water Day

Did you know that today is World Water Day? What better day for the first Water Conference in 46 years! However, this begs the question: what is World Water Day, and where did it come from?… Read More
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Radical Collaboration Helping Global Cities Address Water Crisis

City officials, national government and community representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world gathered at New York Water Week to discuss the “radical” collaborations they are forming to help create solutions to the global water… Read More
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Creating waves of change through inspiring dialogues

On 24 March, you can listen to an amazing speaker line-up in the public event Waves of Change: Talking the Untalkable. Leading water voices will present refreshing perspectives on a broad range of water issues. To… Read More
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Meet young water activists online

Youth activism is a strong trend at the New York Water Week and the UN 2023 Water Conference. In the online session Building Youth Leadership for Accelerating Change you can meet young water advocates and learn… Read More
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The Water House has opened! Here’s what will take place there

Yesterday marked the festive opening of the NYWW Water House! This kick-off was accompanied by traditional Tajik musicians, as well as a water blessing from Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk, Ambassador Ramapo Lenape Nation NY/NJ Deer Clan.… Read More
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A Boat Tour Envisioning Ecology, Economy and Equity for East River Communities                  

Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to explore New York City’s waterways? Look no further than the Stewardship on the Water boat tour, taking you on a journey from the Bronx to Brooklyn… Read More
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UN2023 Gamechanger Challenge Winners Announced!

Opening day at the New York Water Week Water House came to an exciting conclusion, as the winners of the UN2023 Gamechanger Challenge were announced. The winning team developed an idea to use halophilic algae –… Read More
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Make your voice be heard: address climate change along the Bronx river!

Residents and stakeholders are invited to ask questions, make comments and express concerns about climate change along the Bronx on March 23. This meeting will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments and concerns… Read More
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Take a walk through New York’s water history

New York Water Week offers many chances to explore the city’s fascinating water history. You can join one of the many organized tours and events that are part of the program or download the Together We… Read More
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Exploring water as part of our heritage

Cultures and societies are shaped by their relationship with water, and this is explored in a series of seminars from different perspectives. Water and Heritage: Connecting Past, Present and Future will be the overarching theme with… Read More
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Investing millions to unlock billions – Water as Leverage as the missing link to solve urban water challenges

Water is an essential resource for all life on earth. However, the challenges of climate change and population growth and urbanization have placed unprecedented stress on our water systems. To address these challenges, the Water as… Read More
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Rivers, Deltas and Estuaries Day #3: Combining interdisciplinary expertise to solve water challenges

Attention all water enthusiasts, policymakers, students, and stakeholders! Get ready to dive into the deep end of the water management pool because the United Nations of Rivers, Deltas, and Estuaries is making waves at the New… Read More
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The Anti-Hackathon for social innovation

The UK non-profit Design for Good has teamed up with development organizations and NGOs to solve water challenges. On 23 March they will showcase their work-in-progress tackling the sub-topics of SDG 6 on water and sanitation.… Read More
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Explore New York City like never before with the Urban Park Rangers!

New York City will be brimming with activity from March 18th to 24th. Looking for a more active way to spend your time in the city? Why not discover it in an entirely new way with… Read More
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80+ films screened at the World Water Film Festival

Film buffs should not miss the World Water Film Festival on 19 March with powerful stories from around the world. In addition to more than 80 films, the event will feature workshops, guest speakers, a photo… Read More
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Join the World Water Run!

Are you ready to walk that extra mile for water? Great, then you should pledge a distance of your choice to complete as part of the World Water Run between 16 and 22 March. The World… Read More
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CDP seeks to change the economy of water

How can companies and financial institutions contribute to water action? CDP will explore this in multiple ways during the UN 2023 Water Conference and at New York Water Week, starting with an evening of inspiration. Under… Read More
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Everything You Need to Know About The New York Water Week

New York Water Week will take place on 18-24 March with lots of exciting events created by artists, organizations, and businesses to explore and celebrate water. Here is everything you need to know to follow New… Read More
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The UN2023 Gamechangers Challenge Finals

Youth & Education Water related issues are one of the greatest challenges facing humanity currently. In just one generation, we have inflicted such serious harm on the water cycle that it puts all of us at… Read More
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An Interview with Project Director Lisa Hartog

Join us online or in New York for a week full of water inspiration. Between 18 and 24 March New York Water Week will offer debates, film screenings, and lots of other events where people share… Read More

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