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Bridging Water and Climate

Monday - 14:30 - 16:00


Climate , Thematic Process


Room 22


[HLP 5] 

As shown by the preliminary NDC submissions, over 90% of countries with adaptation sections acknowledge water in their commitments, which shows the significance of water and the demand for it to be addressed systematically and strategically. Countries recognize the need for water to be addressed both as a potential risk and as a vector for solutions as they implement at the national, local and project scale level. The water community possesses vast experience, knowledge and skills in the management of natural resources, which can help Parties fulfill their commitments through integrated and resilient water resources management. However, formal acknowledgement within global frameworks such as the SDGs and UNFCCC of water’s crucial role in climate change adaptation and mitigation remains missing. In addition, traditional water concepts are not always tailored to the specific needs and specifications which are increasingly required by specific donor and climate funds.


1.    Opening

14:30-14-35 Welcome Speech by Prof. Dogan Altinbilek, Vice-President of the World Water Council (Confirmed)


  Welcome Speech by H.E. Christiana Figueres (TBC)

14:40-14.45 Introduction by the moderator: John Matthews (CONFIRMED)

2.    High Level discussion (political)

14:45-15:25 Moderator: John Matthews (CONFIRMED)

Topic: How to better integrate water aspects in the global frameworks, in particular in the UNFCCC processes. Where is it missing and what are the entry points? Do Parties/Governments see water as a priority within these frameworks? 


● H.E. João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment Portugal (CONFIRMED)

● H.E. Charafat Afilail, State Secretary for Water Ministry of Equipment, Transportation, Logistics and Water Kingdom of Morocco (CONFIRMED)

● H.E. Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Water and Sanitation South Africa (CONFIRMED)

● H.E. Joe Mizzi, Minister for Energy and Water Management, Malta (CONFIRMED)

● Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (CONFIRMED)

● Ms. Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General in DG ENV, European Commission (CONFIRMED)

● Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change, COP 24 Poland’s High-Level Climate Champion, Ministry of the Environment of Poland (TBC)  

3. High Level discussion (technical)

15:25-15:55 Moderator:  John Matthews (CONFIRMED)

Topic: A concrete way forward: what actions, steps needed to assure water priority within climate change negotiations and NDCs implementation, especially as we approach COP24?


● Antonio Cañas Calderon, Chief of Technical Cabinet, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador (CONFIRMED)

● Alastair Morrison, Senior Water Expert, Green Climate Fund (CONFIRMED)

● Monica Scatasta, Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy European Investment Bank (CONFIRMED)

● Pablo Vieira, Global Director, NDC Partnership (CONFIRMED)

● Prof. Luiz Carlos Molion, Federal University of Alagoas (CONFIRMED)

4. Closing

● Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI (CONFIRMED)


Mr. Bernardas Padegimas