On March 22, 2022, on World Water Day, in Dakar, Senegal a high-level event was hosted called “Towards the UN Water Conference – 2023”. The event was organized by the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Republic of Senegal was the host of the 9th World Water Forum.

Considering that the UN Water Conference 2023 will be the first UN Water Conference in nearly 50 years, the expectation of the international community from this Conference is enormous.

In this regard, the main goal of the high-level event was to inform a wide range of people about the UN Water Conference – 2023, its goals and objectives, expectations from this conference, the process of its preparation, as well as getting the vision of the world community regarding the holding of this Conference.

The event was attended by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Socio-Economic Affairs Mr. Liu Zhengmin via video message, the Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Daler Juma, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Resources of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Mark Habers via video message, the Minister Water Resources and Sanitation of the Republic of Senegal Mr. Serigne Mbaye THIAM, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Arab Republic of Egypt Mr. Mohamed Abdel Ati, President of the World Water Council Mr. Loic Fauchon and others.

Also within the framework of the event, global activist and marathon runner Mina Guli, who started the global water marathon under the motto “RUN BLUE” on International Water Day, made a video message.

The RUN BLUE water marathon will last a year and end on the day of the UN Water Conference 2023 in New York. It will include 200 marathons around the world, which will be attended by 200 million people and 200 companies.