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Side event description:

Health and environmental effects caused by river pollution in Mexico are alarming. Rivers have become a place of social vulnerability, hampering social and economic wellbeing. Especially to women that need to fetch water from higher lands.

River pollution is a common issue faced by the majority of Mexican States. The Lerma- Santiago basin, one of the longest water streams, running from the Pacific Ocean to the surroundings of Mexico City, is the most productive and industrialized water basin, but the most polluted in Mexico.

Rio Atoyac, in central Mexico, is hit by industrial pollution derived from the decentralization of manufacturing from Mexico City and agricultural activities.

Water scarcity has become primordial in the State of Nuevo Leon. The Rio Santa Catarina is an important water supply asset for the city of Monterrey. However, the amount of waste discharged into the river has severely affected the river flow and is no longer a source of safe drinking water supply and has become a place of social vulnerability.

By putting rivers at the center, this event hosted by Mexico’s federal government and with the participation of 5 Mexican Sates and civil society, will set the scenery to inspire dialogue to shape commitments to the Water Action Agenda.

Río Lerma

Río Atoyac

Río Santa Catarina

Focus of the discussion

  • Fostering river sanitation and restoration to provide access to a safe environment and drinking water sources.

  • Valuing rivers as the heart of their cities: rivers are a nurturing and inclusive space for communities that generate economic prosperity.

  • Acknowledging that women should not be excluded from educational-economic activities because of the lack of drinking water from their rivers.

  • Making visible the water-food-climate nexus that rivers provide as a source of energy, temperature regulation and nutrients for agriculture.

  • Promoting water circularity by improving water treatment and reuse.

Organizers and co-organizers




Nuevo León #230 – 102, Hipódromo, CDMX C. P. 06100


55 6724 8003 

55 7827 1030


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