COP28 prioritizes conserving freshwater ecosystems, enhancing urban water resilience, and bolstering water-resilient food systems. It partners with the Netherlands and Tajikistan to lead these efforts and bridge insights from the UN 2023 Water Conference. The collaboration aims to address water risks and drive progress in policy, technology, and financing. COP28 also hosts the first UNFCCC dialogue on building water resilience in food systems, focusing on innovation, regenerative agriculture, and financing mechanisms. Climate change worsens water-related challenges, impacting billions of people’s access to clean water, sanitation, and food security.