Secretariat of the Water and Climate Coalition

The Secretariat of the Water and Climate Coalition is hosted within the Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

The support team of the Water and Climate Coalition is:

Johannes Cullmann

Director Water and Cryosphere at WMO, Main focal point for Panel Water Climate Leaders

Michael Schwab

Focal Point for Member and Activities of the Water and Climate Coalition.

The coalition can be contacted at: waterclimatecoalition@wmo.int

The four main Impacts of the Water and Climate Coalition Activities

The Water and Climate Coalition aims to provide tangible action, activities in the field of water and climate with a special focus on data, information, monitoring systems and operational capacity.

Background of the Coalition

We are seriously off track to meet the current goals of the water-related SDGs, especially SDG6 and we are nowhere near ensuring resilient water adaptation to climate change as well as demographic and socioeconomic development for the future.

A major obstacle to provide efficient and sustainable water solutions is the lack of information about the currently available water resources, future availability and demand for food and energy supply. Decision makers are faced with the same dilemma when it comes to flood and drought risks. Today, 60 % of WMO Member States report declining capabilities in hydrological monitoring and thus in the provision of decision support in the water, food and energy nexus. More than 50 % of countries worldwide have no quality management system for their water related data in place. Only about 40% of countries worldwide have good flood and drought early warning systems operational. Political decision makers around the world lack a trustworthy information base in order to take decisions that have legal consequences on river basin scales. This situation is unacceptable in the 21st Century and seriously threatens the sustainable development agenda.

The Water and Climate Coalition is a voluntary effort to close the information gap in the water, food and energy nexus and focuses on the impact scale, to ensure UN Members are properly equipped to address the above-mentioned challenges. Fit for purpose National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, embedded in regional and global information streams are a prerequisite for success. The water and climate coalition is designed to ensure relevant capabilities are in place.

The Water and Climate coalition supports the implementation of the UN Water Action Decade through the UN-Water Global Accelerator Framework for SDG 6 with a concrete action mechanism.

The Un-Water framework defines the following 5 key areas for mobilizing engagement and ensuring alignment and accountability, not only for UN Agencies but with, for and between Members, the private sector and civil society:

  • Data and Information (main focus of the Water and Climate Coalition)
  • Capacity Development
  • Financing
  • Innovation
  • Good Governance