Water and Climate Coalition at COP27

The twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) was held at Sharm-El-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt) from 6 to 18 November 2022, at the Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Center. Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) was at COP27 and created a space to raise awareness, share experiences and provide guidance on how to set and pursue an integrated global water and climate agenda. The WCC events at COP27 highlighted the close linkage between water and climate action. 

At COP27, Water and Climate Coalition shone a spotlight on water and climate action and brought the call to combat water and climate challenges via an interlinked approach to center stage.

COP27 Recording of Sessions

Launch of the Water and Climate Leaders Statement at COP27

Water and Climate Leaders released a statement that urged heads of state and government to take more integrated water and climate action to replace the existing fragmented approach where water is often seen as a problem rather than water being “part of the solution” to achieve the Paris Agreement goals. The statement presents three compelling climate benefits of improved water resources management: reducing the impacts of climate-induced disasters, enhancing resilience to climate change, and lowering GHG emissions.

The press briefing was held by Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization; H.E Hani Sewilam, Egypt Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation; and H.E Sirojiddin Muhidin, Tajikistan Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Systems Thinking for NDCs and NAPs: The Role of Water

This event was co-convened by the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC), UNEP Freshwater Unit, African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) on 12 Nov. The session highlighted some of the ways that adaptation action is enhanced and accelerated by taking an integrated and water-centric approach to capacity building, stakeholder engagement, and project implementation.

Launch of the AWARe Initiative

The COP Presidency Egypt in partnership with WMO officially launched the AWARe (Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience) initiative. AWARe will catalyse inclusive cooperation to address water as a key to climate change adaptation and resilience – prioritizing the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems and communities.

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UN2023 Water Conference: Contribution towards Success

The session consisted of a series of presentations by Leaders of Water Conferences. The high-level delegates recapped the main messages, outcomes and announcements from these conferences in order to be emphasized ahead of the UN Water 2023 Conference.

Speakers included: Amb. Csaba Kőrösi, Chair and Presiding Officer of the General Assembly, H.E. Prof. Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt, Minister H.E. Ms. Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, H.E. Mariam Al Mehairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, First Deputy Minister H.E. Mr. Jamshed Shoimzoda, Tajikistan, and Ms. Hannele Pokka, Former minister, Finland.

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Towards assessing and predicting the impacts of climate change on our water resources: Hydrological Status and Outlook Services

The session discussed various aspects of a globally consistent water information system and its need towards mitigating and adapting to climate change.  Presented in the session were three water-focused initiatives for climate-smart decision-making: the Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS), the Annual Global State of the Water Report, and the Global Water Data Portal.

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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.