Water and Climate Leaders

Invited by WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas and UN Water Chair Gilbert Houngbo, the “Water and Climate Leaders” aim to set and pursue an integrated global Water and Climate Agenda in support of sustainable development and national mitigation and adaptation actions. Their focus is on catalysing action through leadership and example.

The Panel will provide strategic guidance on integrating the water and climate agendas as well as maximizing synergies in designing and implementing actions to achieve SDGs 6 and 13 as well as to ensure effective climate action for adaptation and resilience.
The “Water and Climate Leaders” come together in a panel of eminent representatives of UN Members, civil society and the private sector


Mr. Emomali Rahmon

President, Republic of Tajikistan

Mr. János Áder

President, Hungary

Mrs. Hilda Heine

Past President, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mr. Komi Sélom Klassou

Past Prime Minister, Republic of Togo

Mr. Han Seung-soo

Past Prime Minister, Republic of Korea

Mr. Carl-Hermann Gustav Schlettwein

President AMCOW; Minister, Republic of Namibia

Mrs. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Mr. Abdelkader Amara

Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Mrs. Hannele Pokka

Professor; Past Minister, Republic of Finland

Mrs. Haydée Rodriguez

Vice Minister, Republic of Costa Rica 

Mr. Gilbert Houngbo

Chair UN-Water; President IFAD

Mr. Petteri Taalas

Secretary General WMO

Mr. Howard Bamsey

Chair Global Water Partnership

Mrs. Lindsey Blodgétt

World Youth Parliaments for Water

Mr. Matthias Berninger

SVP Public Affairs & Sustainability BAYER

Mr. Ernest Gibson

UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change



The “Water and Climate Leaders” set and pursue an integrated global Water and Climate Agenda in support of national mitigation and adaptation actions  


The “Water and Climate Leaders” will:

1. Based on inputs by the Advisors, develop and promote the transformative, action oriented Global Water and Climate Agenda

2. Advocate for political actions at the highest UN and national levels;

3. Inform the public on the main climate and water related challenges and possible integrative solutions;

4. Guide the Water and Climate Coalition

Overview of the Coalition Milestones


Advisors Group

Advisors are the experts appointed by the members of the Panel to support the “Water and Climate Leaders”.

The Advisors support the Coalition and provide information for the Panel Members to advocate for urgent climate and water related action. They also serve as the custodians of the Matrix of action of the Coalition. They create impact through:

  1. Taking stock of the work of Coalition and its progress quarterly;
  2. Informing the Leaders on the Coalition`s progress regularly in preparation for the different international platforms of water and climate events like World Water Fora, World Water Weeks, COPs etc.
  3. Guiding the coalition to develop an effective matrix of action including priority action areas, based on feed-back from the “Water and Climate Leaders”;
  4. Advising the “Water and Climate Leaders” on priority investment needs;

Minutes of the Meetings