United Nations Day 2023 – Water is Life

Join us for UN Day at Dresden City Hall, Nov 9, 6pm. Theme: 'Water is Life.' Discuss global water access sustainability and local contributions.

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Join us in celebrating this year’s United Nations Day at Dresden City Hall at 6pm on Thursday, November 9th. The central theme for 2023 is ‘Water is Life.’ Alongside the local community and special guests, we will discuss how to sustainably establish and ensure reliable access to drinking water and sanitation facilities worldwide, and what can be contributed at the local level to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.

This year’s agenda will include an opening by Eva Jähnigen, Mayor for Environment and Climate of the City of Dresden, and a welcome address by Wolfram Günther, Minister for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment, and Agriculture. Our esteemed guest speaker, water and climate expert Dr. Valentin Aich, who works with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will deliver a keynote speech on the topic of water. Local audiences can also look forward to a video message from professional footballer Neven Subotić, founder of the Neven Subotić Foundation, which also focuses on water-related issues.

Later, Dr. Aich, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stamm, Director of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering at TU Dresden, and the Director of UNU-FLORES, Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther, will engage in an open panel discussion on future pathways for this important topic.

The festive event will be accompanied by musicians from the Dresden State Operetta, who have formed the ‘Orchestra of Change’ and hold benefit concerts to support sustainable projects and raise awareness about climate and environmental protection.

The event will conclude with the presentation of awards for the Local Agenda Competition 2023, and all attendees will be invited to engage in conversations over light refreshments and connect with the participating stakeholders. You will also have the chance to personally meet the winners of the Local Agenda Competition.

Additionally, the event will feature the exhibition ‘Everything in Flux!? – Water in Crisis’ by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Weiterdenken, which explores the implementation and challenges of SDG 6.

Due to extremely high demand, registration has been closed. However, we invite all interested to watch the livestream of the event on the City of Dresden’s YouTube channelhttps://youtube.com/watch?v=GfYFQ6S0QIs

Dresden’s UN Day celebrations are proudly supported by: