Official Side Events featuring Indigenous Peoples at the UN 2023 Water Conference

Official Side Events  – UNHQ
Day, Time, VenueTitle of side event / Special EventLead organization
Wednesday 22 March, 09:30 – 10:45 EST, UNHQ, Side Event Room CIndigenous Knowledge and practices on water resource management are key drivers for “Water for Sustainable Development”Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).
Wednesday 22 March, 14:00 – 15:15 EST, UNHQ, Side Event Room AThe Role of Indigenous People in Governing Shared WatersWater & Tribes Initiative and University of Arizona.
Wednesday 22 March, 18:30 – 19:45 EST, Side Event Room 6Indigenous-led conservation for the health of water ecosystems in Canada and the worldCanada
Thursday 23 March, 10:00 – 13:00 ESTInformal Special Event – Reducing inequalities – implementing Human RightsAfrican Youth Parliament for Water, Aquafed, FILAC, International Indian Treaty Council, UN OHCHR, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to water and sanitation, Women for Water Partnership
Thursday 23 March, 18:30 – 19:45 EST, Side Event Room 5Amazonian Flying Rivers: Securing the World’s hydrological engine steered by Indigenous Peoples. IEPE – Instituto de Pesquisa e Formação Indigena
Thursday 23 March, 18:30 – 19:45 EST, Side Event Room CThe of role of Traditional Knowledge of Water Management and Governance system of Tharu Indigenous People in NepalAsian Indigenous International Network
Friday 24 March, 9:30 -10:45 EST, Side Event Room AProtecting and restoring critical water related ecosystems in mountains: The role of Indigenous Peoples and biocultural territories in mountain ecosystemsInternational Institute for Environment and Development
Friday 24 March, 14:00 -15:15 EST, Side Event Room BWOMEN 4OUR WATER- From Portuguese Speaking Countries to the WorldBusiness as Nature
Friday 24 March, 15:30 – 16:45 EST, Side Event Room ARights of Nature: The missing connection to enhance and implement the SDGs on WaterEarth Law Center
Official Side events: External to UNHQ
DayTitle of side eventLead organizationHybrid Link / Website details
20-21 March, 9:00 – 17:00 EST, Salvation Army Social Justice Commission Building, 221 E. 52ND STREET, NEW YORK CITYIndigenous Peoples Pre Summit to the Water ConferenceInternational Indian Treaty CouncilInhouse only
Wednesday 22 March, 11:30 -12:30 EST, The Nature Hub Apella – 450 E 29th Street, New YorkHonoring ancestral knowledge to ensure sustainable and adaptive water management for climate changeWaterAid ColombiaTBD
Wednesday 22 March, 12:30 – 13:45 EST, The Nature Hub Apella – 450 E 29th Street, New YorkDecolonizing water governance through Indigenous knowledge, self-determination, and relationships with waterUniversity of Manitoba, Himalayan Peace Foundation, Carcross/Tagish First NationsVirtual (Zoom Webinar):
Wednesday 22 March, 15:30 – 16:15 EST, The Nature Hub Apella – 450 E 29th Street, New YorkMaintaining connected freshwater corridors in the Amazon to sustain people and biodiversityThe Nature Conservancy 
Wednesday 22 March, 14:00 – 16:30 EST, Jay Suites Times Square, Room 1441 Broadway, 6th Floor.Kayanní:yo (‘a good path’)Working with Indigenous ecological knowledge to advance resiliency.American Indian Law AllianceFurther information can be found here:
Thursday 23 March, 13:30 – 14:45 EST, Doha Conference Room (304 E 45th st, 11th Fl), UNDP Offices, New York, USAJoint Commitments to transforming water governance, climate adaptation and biodiversity: Indigenous Peoples, Member States and the UN system (In-person with live-streaming)UNESCO (SIWI – Partners)
Thursday 23 March, 16:00 – 18:00 EST, Scalabrini International Migration Network, 307 East 60th Street.Water as a Human Right: Connecting experiences from civil society, Indigenous Peoples, government and the private sector on promoting human-rights based approaches and partnerships in the water sector.Fundacion AvinaFurther information and registration at:
Friday 24 March, 8:30 – 10:00 EST, Riverview Room, 28th Floor East Tower, Millennium Hilton New York, One UN PlazaRoundtable : Empowering Women, Youth and Indigenous Persons to Accelerate Global Water Security in the Water Action DecadeWorld Bank 
Friday, March 24, 2023, Session 1: 8:30 – 9:30. EST  Session 2: 13:00 – 15:00 EST,  Venue: Baha’i International Community, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York, NY 10017-1822Session 1: Water Justice – Decolonizing and Restoring Intergenerational Relationships to Water for Access, Safety and Post-Traumatic Healing               
Session 2: Elevating Indigenous Perspectives, Knowledge and Action for Water and Nature Conservation in the Americas.                                                                                                                                 Please note that there are additional sessions being offered on Saturday 25th.
AHAM EducationFurther information and registration:
Session 1: Friday 24 March, 10:00 – 12:00 EST Session 2: Friday 24 March, 13:30 – 15:30 EST Venue: The New School at 66 West 12th Street in the school’s main auditorium, A106.Indigenous Water Ethics (Hybrid)Water Culture Institute, Indigenous Environmental Network and Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New SchoolFurther information and registration:
Friday 24 March, 11:00 – 13:00 EST, TBCEffects of climate change on water resources and livelihood of Indigenous Peoples southern plain areas of Himalayan NepalAnil Kumar Chaudhary, Global Home for Indigenous Peoples Limited detail available.
Side Events: Virtual Sessions
DayTitle of side eventLead organizationHybrid Link / Website details
Monday 20 March, 7:00 – 8:00 ESTClimate Change, Wetlands and Women: Actions Towards Creating Resilient Communities and Ecosystems. Joining stakeholders provide a platform to voice indigenous women. Showcase South-Asian illustrations providing leadership opportunities, women as change makers. Discussing existing challenges etcWomen for Water Partnership
Monday 20 March, 22:00 – 0:00 ESTCommitting to the Flow of People-Centered Water Action Join Indigenous Peoples, environment defenders and CSOs and hear their experiences & challenges, harness their knowledge & actions to achieve a truly sustainable management of water resources.International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL),
Tuesday 21 March, 15:00 – 16:30 ESTDecolonizing our Waterways: Indigenous Voices from Southeast United States. Colonization displaced Indigenous women from traditional roles; South-eastern women will discuss challenges they face accessing power and places where decisions about water are made.Sierra Club
Wednesday 22 March, 11:00 – 12:30 ESTLocally-Led Adaptation (LLA) Approaches to achieving water security: examples and lessons from local implementation. the VCA alliance and its local partners highlight the many challenges faced by communities regarding water management in the face of climate change. Concrete examples of scalable approaches that would contribute to the Water Action Agenda will be shared as well as actions and commitments that promote the adoption of LLA principles and financing mechanisms for locally led solutions in the water sector.Hivos- Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries
Thursday 23 March, 10:00 – 11:30 ESTConserving Water, Preserving Culture: Co-Creating Tools with Indigenous Communities in Water Management Co-creation, collaboration and continuous dialogue as tools for acknowledging and incorporating the Indigenous communities’ ancestral water management practices in order to co-create systemic change.Asociación Civil Hecho por Nosotros
Thursday 23 March, 15:15 – 14:45 ESTIndigenous Peoples Knowledge, Science and Practicies for protecting, conserving and sustainably managing water in the time of clime crisis. International Indian Treaty CouncilRegister through:
Friday 24 March, 10:30 – 12:00 EST“Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure -IKRI”: A Unique Tool to Address the Global Water Challenges “Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure: IKRI”, a unique tool aimed to address water for (a) climate, resilience, and environment, (b) sustainable development, and (c) cooperation.Pawanka FundSpanish            English
Friday 24 March 2023. 22:00 – 0:00 EST, Please note, this may be a repeat of session from earlier in the week.Committing to the Flow of People-Centered Water Action Join Indigenous Peoples, environment defenders and CSOs and hear their experiences & challenges, harness their knowledge & actions to achieve a truly sustainable management of water resources.International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)