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UN 2023 Water Conference

22 March - 24 March


ECOSOC accredited NGO registration: UN 2023 Water Conference – United Nations Headquarters

Two days left till the 2023 UN Water Conference, to be held at United Nations Headquarters from 22 – 24 March 2023!

Please, see below some reminders about pick up of badges to access the UN Headquarters as well as information on the distribution of secondary access passes and other logistics for NGOs and other stakeholders.

Reminder on Conference Badge Collection

Please note, approved registrants for the 2023 UN Water Conference may collect their badges starting on Sunday, 19 March 2023 at the UN Pass and Identification Unit, located on the ground floor of the FF Building, at 320 E 45th Street.

Days and hours of operation of the office during the Conference will be as follows:

  • Monday – Wednesday 20 to 22 March                    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 March                    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants are strongly encouraged to get Conference badges as early as possible considering long lines are expected during the Conference days.

Please note! Representatives of organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC with valid UN Grounds Passes, do not need to collect another badge to access the UN HQ to attend the Conference.

Required documents for collection of UN Grounds Pass:

1) Photo ID: A valid photo identification issued by the government of a United Nations Member State or a Non-Member Observer State. The photo identification must be original (no photographs or photocopies accepted), in Latin/Roman characters, and may include: passports, driver’s licenses, national identity cards and IDNYC cards. The name on your ID must match the name on your INDICO registration exactly.

2) Approval Letter: Please bring a printed copy of the email and the pdf approval letter that you received through Indico upon the approval of your registration. This is a letter with the UN logo and begins, “This letter is to confirm that your registration has been approved to attend the 2023 UN Water Conference…”.

Without this approval letter, you will not be able to collect your badge.

Secondary Access Passes for Official Sessions (Plenary and Interactive Dialogues)

Civil society representatives and other stakeholders will need secondary access passes to attend the official sessions (Plenary and Interactive Dialogues). Only registered and approved participants with valid UN Grounds Passes can collect a secondary access pass after going through security screening. Secondary access passes are only valid for the galleries of Conference Room 4 (Interactive Dialogues) and for the 4th Floor balcony of the GA Hall (Plenary).

Secondary access passes will be distributed by the Secretariat staff on a first-come, first-served basis at the dedicated desk located in the GA Building, on the east side of the corridor past the SDG Media Zone (Sputnik Area), by the glass windows. Please follow the signs for directions after entering the GA Building.

Please bring:

  • A valid grounds pass (Either ECOSOC annual grounds pass or Conference Badge), and
  • A printed or electronic copy of your approval letter issued by the Secretariat (same one you used for badge collection) OR a copy of this email message (printed or electronic)

Secondary access passes will ONLY be distributed during the following hours on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • 22 March – 8:00AM (Opening/Plenary and Interactive Dialogue 1); 2:00PM (Plenary and Interactive Dialogue 2).
  • 23 March– 9:00AM (Plenary and Interactive Dialogue 3); 2:00PM (Plenary and Interactive Dialogue 4)
  • 24 March– 9:00AM (Plenary and Interactive Dialogue 5) and 2:00PM (Plenary)

Access to 4th Floor Balcony of the GA Hall – Please take the GA elevators to the 4th floor.

Please note! Conference Room 2 will serve as an overflow room for the opening session (22 March, 9:00AM – 1PM), for those who are not able to access the GA Hall.

Deadline Approaching: Submission of written inputs

Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations, whose work is relevant to the Conference and who have been accredited in accordance with General Assembly resolution A/RES/75/212can submit written statements/inputs to the Conference via a dedicated form by 24 March.

All submitted statements/inputs will be published on the official website of the Conference and made publicly available. Please, note that only one submission per accredited organization will be published.

Please, use this form to submit your written inputs: 

Access to Special Events and Side-Events

Special Events and Side-Events are open to all registered participants on a first come, first served basis, up to the capacity of Conference Rooms. No secondary access passes are needed to access those events.

For more information on Special Events, please visit the dedicated website here:

For more information on Side Events, please visit the dedicated website here:

We look forward to your participation in #WaterAction.

Kind Regards,

Secretariat of the UN 2023 Water Conference



The 2023 Water Conference will take place at the UN Headquarters New York, from 22 to 24 March 2023.

All relevant stakeholders, including government representatives, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and other actors with water-related objectives are invited to the UN 2023 Water Conference.

The format of the 2023 Water Conference will be in-person and the registration information can be found here, but proceedings can be followed via UN Web TV (which does not require registration) and all the Conference documentation can be found here.

2023 UN Water Conference will be based on three principles: 

  • Inclusive: both in terms of (a) the Conference processes and in terms of (b) the results (leaving no-one behind).
  • Action-oriented: leading to real impactful results through concrete actions and plans on the ground.
  • Cross-sectoral: mobilizing all other water related sectors to improve the way they manage and utilize water resources. These sectors need to bring their plans and actions to the Conference.

For more information about the 2023 UN Water Conference, visit UN SDG’s website.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit


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