Ruth A. Richardson
Ruth Richardson Board member INLW

Ruth on her way to the UN Water Conference March 2023 in New York

After 46 years, another UN water conference will finally take place in March 2023. This time held in New York (March 22- 24, 2023). The first of its kind since 1977! The Netherlands and Tajikistan will host the conference.

Conference preparations
Preparations for the conference are in full swing. For example, colleague Ruth Richardson spoke on behalf of the water boards and the INLW (International Network of Liberal Women = link to website) at the Pan-European Regional Preparatory Assembly for the United Nations Water Conference 2023 in Geneva. She did this during session 3 where it was about ‘strengthening water management at national and cross-border level’. (link to calendar).

Read Ruth’s statement (link to statement) or listen to the audio recording.

Includes character
It is important for the Netherlands that the UN Water Conference 2023 is inclusive, giving civil society the opportunity to contribute to the conference. Important topics are, for example, water, energy, climate and food security.
Since 2017, Ruth has been a General Board member of INLW (International Network of Liberal Women). She wants to draw attention to the role of women in combination with water management (water, hygiene and health) and biodiversity.
“Equal rights for women (and girls) must be at the heart of human rights policy.”
“Fight for the things we should care about, do it in a way that will get others to join you.
She focuses on many issues affecting women’s and girls’ rights and humanity around the world.

Support group formation
Recently, Ruth and Thea Fierens formed a support group (steering group). The members in the support group feed Ruth with information so that the subject is put on the UN agenda.

More information:
More information about the UN Water Conference can be found on this website: