Water and Climate Leaders – Recipe for Successful Adaptation

10:45 – 12:15 Local time
On site – Room 12


Climate change is exacerbating both water scarcity and water-related hazards, as rising temperatures disrupt precipitation patterns and the entire water cycle. It is estimated that 80% of the impacts of climate change are felt through water and the crisis will only intensify in the future.  

 At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, the Water and Climate Coalition Leaders issued an urgent and united call for integrated water and climate action to replace the existing fragmented and crisis-driven approach.  

In this session, the Water and Climate Coalition Leaders will provide strategic guidance on integrating the water and climate agendas (incl. the UN 2030 Agenda, the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and Africa’s 2063 Agenda), to maximize synergies in designing and implementing actions to achieve SDGs 6 and 13.  


The Leaders will present and discuss with the audience the following six tangible outcomes to be proposed at the 2023 UN Water Decade Conference:  

  • A globally connected water observing system
  •  A new financing rationale that considers societal benefit and ecological sustainability in water and climate development  
  • An explicit river basin cooperation framework for assessing and sharing benefits of water-climate adaptation and mitigation activities
  • An agreed open access process and platform that takes stock of climate and water related activites
  • An International Year of Glacier Preservation in 2025 and an international mechanism to facilitate the access to accurate and timely information on cryosphere 
  • A methodology and process to catalyze real change on the ground


Johannes Cullmann

Coordinator Water and Cryosphere, World Meteorological Organization

Keynote Speaker

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

Gilbert Houngbo

Chair UN-Water; President IFAD


Komi Sélom Klassou, Past Prime Minister, Togo-01

Komi Sélom Klassou

Past Prime Minister, Republic of Togo

Mohammed Abdel Aty

Mohamed Abdel Aty

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt

H.E. Carl H-G Schlettwein, President, African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)-01

Carl-Hermann Gustav Schlettwein

President AMCOW; Minister, Republic of Namibia

Abdelakir Zahoud

Abdelkébir Zahoud

Past State Secretary for Water and Environment, Kingdom of Morocco

Howard Bamsey, Chair, Global Water Partnership (GWP)-01

Howard Bamsey

Chair Global Water Partnership

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

Lindsey Blodgétt, Former President

World Youth Parliament for Water

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.