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What is the Water & Tribes Initiative?
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The Role of Indigenous People in Governing Shared Waters

Side Event on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 2:00pm to 3:15pm

UN Headquarters, Conference Room A


The intent of this side event is to provide a platform for Indigenous people to share their experiences in governing shared waters, highlight lessons learned, and develop recommendations for future action. For purposes of this side event, “shared waters” refers to working across political, jurisdictional, cultural, and other boundaries to jointly manage water.




  • Water & Tribes Initiative | Colorado River Basin (here)

  • Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona (here)




  • Australian Water Partnership (here)

  • Global Water Partnership (here)

  • Indigenous Environmental Network (here)

  • Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (here)

  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature, BRIDGE Project (here)

  • International Water Law Academy (here)

  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (here)

  • Stockholm International Water Institute (here)

  • The Nature Conservancy (here)

  • Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona (here)


Speakers and Participation


This side event will encourage all participants to contribute through a facilitated dialogue. Featured speakers include:

  • Secretary Deb Haaland, U.S. Department of the Interior

  • Chairwoman Amelia Flores, Colorado River Indian Tribes

  • Governor Stephen R. Lewis, Gila River Indian Community

  • Dr. Leslie Duncan, Murray-Darling River Basin, Australia

  • Ms. Saengrawee Suweerakan, Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact

  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

  • Pablo Bereciartua, Global Water Partnership

  • Dr. Sharon B. Megdal, University of Arizona

  • Daryl Vigil, Water & Tribes Initiative

  • Dr. Matthew McKinney, Water & Tribes Initiative


Other Indigenous People Events at UN 2023 Water Conference

Artwork featured on this page courtesy of Josh Elliott:

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