Multistakeholder Commitments to the Water Action Agenda – Integrated Water and Climate Solutions – From Science to Decisions to Actions

12:30-13.45 PM (EST)
Conference Room A, UNHQ, New York


As water related impacts of climate change become severer, the need for cross-cutting cooperation between the water and climate sectors is becoming ever more evident. From global to local level, we need to raise the ambitions to achieve our common goals by translating science-based knowledge into policies and political decisions that effectively accelerate regional/transboundary, national, subnational, and local action. By involving diverse stakeholders throughout the process, we are able to assess challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives and develop integrated multiplayer solutions that enhance governance, are fundamentally more holistic, and sustainable. 

This event will present voluntary commitments for the Water Action Agenda submitted by multistakeholder partnerships that lead to game-changing solutions to the pressing water and climate challenges. The event will walk us through the process from global political decision-making to action on the ground and the critical role various stakeholders have at all levels.   

The Water and Climate Coalition is a cross-sectoral community of actors that have committed to contributing to the Water Action Agenda by tackling the interlinked water and climate challenges. The Coalition provides a platform for cooperation, bringing together partners from scientific organizations, private sector, NGOs, international organizations, governments, and civil society. The Water and Climate Coalition was founded by 10 UN entities (WMO, FAO, IFAD, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNU & WHO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) in 2020 to address the gaps identified in the SDG 6 Acceleration Framework. 





Opening remarks
  • Stefan Uhlenbrook, Director, Hydrology, Water Resources and Cryosphere, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Co-Chair of the Water and Climate Coalition Steering Committee



Part 1 – Panel Discussion: Science and Technical tools 12.35-13.10

 Moderator: Ms. Lis Mullin Bernhardt, Head of Freshwater Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Panel Discussions on Data
  • Mr. Koen Verbist, Programme Specialist, Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, UNESCO
  • Dr. John Pomeroy, Director, Global Water Futures Programme, University of Saskatchewan
  • Ms. Virginie Gillet, Land and Water Officer, Water Resources Assessment, FAO
Panel Discussion on Financing
  • Mr. Sergio Campos, Chief, Water and Sanitation Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Mr. Amgad Elmahdi, Water Sector Senior Specialist, Division Mitigation and Adaptation, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • Mr. Tom Williams, Senior Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Ms. Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD



Part 2 – Political Commitments to the Water Action Agenda 13.10-13.45

 Moderator: Ms. Amanda Loeffen, Chief Executive Officer, Human Right 2 Water


Opening Statements
  • South Africa: H.E. Mr. Senzo Mchunu, Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation of South-Africa
  • Palestine: H.E. Mr. Mazen Ghunaim, Minister of Water and Sanitation of Palestine; Head of the Palestinian Water Authority


Panel Discussion on Governance 
  • Ms. Birgit Vogel, Executive Secretary, ICPDR
  • Mr. Pablo Bereciartua, Chair, Global Water Partnership
  • Ms. Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary, Organization of American States (OAS); representative of a board member of Human Right 2 Water


Closing Remarks





Human Right 2 Water (HR2W)

Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia

Ministry of Water and Sanitation of South Africa

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations University (UNU)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) 





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.