With over 70 percent of the planet covered by water, Earth is also known as the blue planet. Water connects and sustains us, but at the same time 90 percent of major disasters are water related. And climate change is accelerating the challenges of too much, too little and too dirty water.
Tackling water and maritime challenges can help address climate change and the other global challenges. But the Netherlands cannot do this alone. We need to work together, share knowledge and harness the power of technology. Only together can we manage water and maritime resources integrally and sustainably.
The Netherlands’ location as a densely populated, low lying delta has impacted our history, culture, society and democracy. The Dutch may be famous for building dikes and reclaiming land, but centuries of dealing with water challenges has brought us new insights. Today, the Netherlands harnesses nature itself to build resilient cities and coastal defences.
Water challenges have taught us to cooperate, to include everyone in the solution and to look beyond our borders for novel solutions. How do we do this? Through partnership, knowledge exchange and collaborative innovation. In return, we are willing to share our advanced water management, delta and maritime technology. Port development, fishing, shipbuilding, dredging are among the many maritime industries that could benefit from global cooperation. Ultimately society itself benefits as integrated water management improves water supplies and sanitation. While wastewater management returns clean water to its natural cycle, enhancing diversity and replenishing this valuable and finite resource.
The Dutch government is committed to contribute to safe and secure water worldwide. That's why in 2023 the Netherlands co-hosted the UN Water Conference with Tadjikistan. We invite our global partners to join us in our quest.
Let’s value water for a water-secure world.
"The Netherlands is a global pioneer in water management."OECD report: Water governance in the Netherlands
UN 2023 Water Conference
On World Water Day (22-24 March), the first UN Water Conference was co-hosted by the Netherlands and Tadjiskistan in New York. At the same time, the New York Water Week (18-25 March) marked the conference with awareness-raising and network meetings and events. The aim of the water conference was to galvanise world leaders, businesses, scientists, creatives and ordinary people alike to take water action.
The conference is over, but you can still take water action. Calling on schools, communities, any organisation from any part of the world - If you want help accelerate change, join the be the change campaign. Here the UN provides tips and materials to help you learn, share and act.
And why not check out the 5 Water Actions you can take!
Read more about the Bold commitments made at UN Water Conference