Water and Climate Coalition Leaders – “Committing to an Integrated Global Water and Climate Agenda”

2 Nov – 11.00-12.00 (UK TIME)
Location: Meeting Room 4 Area F, Ground Floor


WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas and UN-Water Chair Gilbert Houngbo invited water and climate leaders to set and pursue an integrated global water and climate agenda in support of sustainable development and national mitigation and adaptation actions.


The “Water and Climate Leaders” will provide strategic guidance on integrating the climate and water agendas, as well as maximizing synergies in designing and implementing actions to ensure effective climate action for adaptation and resilience. 

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Johannes Cullmann

Johannes Cullmann

Coordinator Water and Cryosphere, World Meteorological Organization



H.E. Mr. Alok Sharma (TBC)

President, COP 26

János Áder, President, Hungary-01

H.E. Mr. János Áder

President, Hungary

Emomalij Rahmon, President, Tajikistan-01

H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon

President, Republic of Tajikistan

Petteri Taalas

H.E. Mr. Petteri Taalas

Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization


H.E. Ms. Mari Pangestu

Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank Group


H.E. Mr. Jamshed Shoimzoda

First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan

Barbara Visser, Staatssecretaris van het ministerie van Defensie

H.E. Ms. Barbara Visser

Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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

Mr. Matthias Berninger

SVP Public Affairs & Sustainability, BAYER

Lindsey Aldaco-Manner, Former President, World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW)-01

Ms. Lindsey Blodgétt

Former President, World Youth Parliament for Water

Ovais Sarmad

H.E. Mr Ovais Sarmad

Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

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.