Water action as answer to climate change – collaborative approach for resilience

1 Nov – 17.30-18.30 (UK TIME)
Location: Water Pavilion


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Globally, we are dangerously off track in meeting the current objectives of water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). This is particularly evident with SDG6 – clean water and sanitation for all. 

Furthermore, the recently released IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (2021), states as “unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land, and highlights that “climate change is intensifying the water cycle” and the impacts of water-related climatic extremes largely affect other climatic boundaries. To address the challenge of climate change and ensure sustainable livelihoods globally, we need to recognize the crucial role of water in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Water solutions need to be reviewed for cross-sectoralregional and transboundary cooperation to build resilienceCollaborative approach and subsequent Nexus oriented actions are required on all levels from global to local.  

This event jointly organised by the UN-Water Expert Group and the Water and Climate Coalition, will take you through the actions from global to national and local levels and introduce you to opportunities in cross-cutting collaboration. The event will build on the conclusions of the UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change, and the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework. We will discuss how the framework is realized from National level with policies and strategies, to the concrete activities of the action-focused Water and Climate Coalition that brings together cross-sectoral groups from scientific organisations, private sector, NGOs, UN organisations, governmental organisations and civil society to achieve the SGD6 targets. Ways to involve communities, vulnerable people, women, youth and civil society to build resilience will be presented and discussed with the audience.


  • Raise awareness of the importance of collaborative water and climate action 
  • Show how water and adaptation can be integrated into national policies such as NDCs with stakeholder involvement

Run of the show



Assigned Person 

5 mins 

Check in; Introduction of Moderator and Session Topic 


20 mins 

Core Session 

10 mins 

Panel Q&A  

Moderator/Tech Facilitator 


Johannes Cullmann

Johannes Cullmann

Director of Water and Cryosphere, WMO


Mr Cullmann joined the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2015 as the Director of the Climate and Water Department.  From 1 January 2020, he is the Director for Water and Cryosphere. Mr Cullmann was Director of the IHP/HWRP division (science and international cooperation) of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology from 2007 to 2015. He was involved in formulating the Institute’s research strategy, delivering the first climate change impact analysis of German water-ways and took part in harmonising data for assessing hydrological futures for the Rhine river basin. He helped coordinating international water affairs within the German government and with international partners. From 2012 to 2014, he was President of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s water programme. In this function he has been negotiating implementation plans for UNESCO with Governments and other UN Agencies. Mr Cullmann was the German representative in the Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine River, one of the important features of European transboundary water cooperation.

Mr. Anil Mishra

Chief of Section Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO

Key note speaker

Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chairman, UN-Water & President, IFAD-01

Mr. Gilbert Houngbo

Chair, UN-Water; and President, IFAD

Ms. Lindsey Blodgétt

The World Youth Parliament for Water & Member of the WCC Leader’s Panel


Ms Edeh Chioma Felistas Amudi

Assistant Chief Scientific Officer (ACSO) Mitigation Division, Department of Climate Change Federal Ministry of Environment Nigeria

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Mr. Tom Williams

Director of Nature Action and Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Juan Gonzalo Botero Botero

Mr. Juan Gonzalo Botero Botero

Vice Minister of Agricultural Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia


The Vice Minister of Agricultural Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Juan Gonzalo Botero Botero, is an agronomist with a specialization in Political and Economic Studies and Logistics of International Freight Transport, academic programs that he carried out at the School of Agriculture of the Region "Tropical Húmeda" and at the Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla.Deputy Minister Botero has had extensive experience in the public sector. He has been director of Cormagdalena, vice-minister of Agricultural Development and Fisheries of the same ministry, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bolivar. In the past he has been the Regional Manager at Servicios Postales Nacionales 4-72, among others.

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Ms Ingrid Tomboe

Policy Director at the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)


Ingrid Timboe is the Policy Director at AGWA. She first joined the Secretariat as a Policy Associate in 2017 to help coordinate AGWA and SIWI's organization of Water Action Day at COP23. Based in the United States, Ingrid is involved in all things policy at AGWA, coordinating AGWA Policy Group communications, producing the AGWA Policy Newsletter, helping prepare policy briefs and white papers, participating in the Water and Climate Working Group and on the #CIW steering committee. In addition, she serves as the water focal point for the Marrakech Partnership, coordinating our work with the UNFCCC. She co-hosts the ClimateReady podcast with Alex Mauroner.  Ingrid holds a Master's Degree in Water Resources Management, focused on transboundary waters, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs. Prior to graduate school, Ingrid spent six years at the World Wildlife Fund working with the Global Policy and Conservation Science teams.


Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.