WASAG – The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

Side Event "Implementing the 2023 Praia Call for Action through the Decade’s work streams" at the UN 2023 Water Conference

Date: 22 March 2023

Timing: 12:30-13:45 (EST)

Format: onsite (Conference Room 6, UN headquarters, New York) and online

Interpretation will be available in English and Portuguese.


The objective of the side event is to discuss the implementation of the 2023 Praia Call for Action through the Decade’s work streams. This Call for Action has been  endorsed by the Partners and Stakeholders of the Global Framework of Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) during the 2nd WASAG International Forum in Cape Verde in February 2023.

The 2023 Praia Call for Action  is a synthesis of the recommendations formulated by the WASAG partners  to mobilize political commitment to accelerate strategic actions, including policies and investments and  to collaborate through actions that greater focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives and for addressing water scarcity in agriculture and empowering farmers, including  women and the youth.

Target audience

The side event is open to all stakeholders interested in supporting the cooperation and partnerships at all levels to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and with a special focus on water scarcity.


Moderator:      Mr. Lifeng Li, Director, Land and Water Division, FAO

12:30-12:35     Welcome and introduction by Moderator

12:35-12:45     Welcome Remarks (10 minutes) 

                           Dr. QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO

12:45-12:55     Keynote speech

                           H. E. Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment of Cabo Verde

12:55 -13:00     Invited remarks (5 minutes)

Mr Affo Bôni Adjama, Directeur de Cabinet of the Ministry of Water and Rural Water Supply, Republic of Togo

13:00 -13:10     Video – Summary of the 2nd WASAG International Forum

13:10-13:25     Panel discussion

                          - Perspective from Professionals – Mr Marco Arcieri, Vice President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

                          - Perspective from Women – Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) / Vice- Chair of WASAG

                          - Perspective from the Youth – Sophie Erfurth, Member of the Water Youth Network (WYN)

13:25-13:35     Questions and Answers by Moderator

13:35-13:40     Video – Water Scarcity

13:40-13:45     Concluding Remarks by Moderator

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