Wetskills-USA 2023 (UN)

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Wetskills-USA 2023 (UN)

March 11, 2023 - March 22, 2023

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Wetskills event at the UN 2023 Water Conference (March).

After almost 50 years, the United Nations decided to organize a dedicated Water Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York from 22 to 24 March 2023. Tajikistan and The Netherlands co-host this unique water event, firstly organized in 1976. Henk Ovink, Special Envoy International Water Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, and Wetskills Ambassador, pushed Wetskills Foundation to organize a Wetskills event during this event and after a long preparation we can finally announce the Wetskills-USA 2023! This event will become the third Wetskills event in this country after Milwaukee (2015) and Boston (2016). Meanwhile it is the fifth event in North America (Toronto 2014 and Mexico City 2019) and it will be the 61th event overall.

For this event Wetskills Foundation partners with the UN2023 GameChanger Challenge (UN2023-GCC, by Wavemakers United and IHE Delft) and The Netherlands government. The winning teams of the UN2023-GCC will become the five challenges of this Wetskills event. So, the five Wetskills teams existing of ‘new’ participants with various nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, organizations and experiences, including one representative of the winning team of the UN2023-GCC, will continue with the ideas and create a first step towards implementation. The ideas will be presented at a special workshop on youth engagement at the New York Water Week (proposed date: 21 March 2023)

Are you a student or young professional with a passion for water & sustainability, and do you want to make a difference in the international water sector? Would you like to experience working in an international team and learning from water challenges worldwide? Would you like to experience New York and the UN community? Are you making a difference during the New York Water Week and/or the UN 2023 Water Conference? Would you like to present your ideas for an international jury panel and audience? This is your chance! Wetskills Foundation and partners are organizing the third Wetskills edition in USA, and a special one!

Wetskills Foundation and its partners are inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD) and Young Professionals from universities and organizations worldwide with a passion for Water-Energy-Food, to join this intergenerational event and apply for Wetskills-USA 2023 (period: 11-22 March 2023). You can register by filling-in the online form (Botton at the right side).

NOTE: All programmes are still in a planning phase, so the dates could shift.

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Deadline for registration: 21 December 2022

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Application (online) and first selection deadline for participants: 21 December 2022!

After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications will be made untill the program is full. (First Come, First Served)

Who can apply?

Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) worldwide, with a passion for water & sustainability and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the botton on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria

The Wetskills organization will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. The organisation will also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).


Participation fee for local and international participants is € 750,- (excl. VAT). The Participation fee includes accommodation in New York,  teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.

Note: During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

Special arrangements

At the moment Wetskills is trying to get funding for 5-8 applicants, who would not be able to join this event and to create a balanced group. The selection for these vouchers will be made amongst after the deadline and based on the motivation.

Note: Some of the Wetskills partners will provide a selected position in the programme. More information about these partners will be communicated by them.


Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!

  • You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
  • You will exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding within the New York Water Week and aligned to theUN 2023 Water Conference programme;
  • You will visit New York: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meetings with water experts;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the programme.

More information

Send Johan Oost (Wetskills Foundation and email at: johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners would like to welcome businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and/or NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges and support the Wetskills programme in South Africa. Join us in this great next experience! For more information contact Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Case 1: 

Case owner: Winning Team 1 UN2023-GCC

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 2: 

Case owner: : Winning Team 2 UN2023-GCC

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 2: 

Case owner: : Winning Team 3 UN2023-GCC

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 4: 

Case owner: : Winning Team 4 UN2023-GCC

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 5:

Case owner: : Winning Team 5 UN2023-GCC

More information will be provided in a later stage.

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March 11, 2023
March 22, 2023
Event Category:


New York
New York, Western Province United States


Johan Oost
Loay Alatrash