IUCN event | 23 Mar, 2023

Interactive Dialogue - Water for Climate, Resilience and Environment

The interactive dialogue is one of five, which are a key part of the official Programme of the UN Water Conference. It will explore the current status, challenges and opportunities for progress, including transformative solutions, related to the interlinkages between water, climate resilience and the environment.

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The discussion will be guided by a number of questions, including: how to ensure that water is a lever for transformative and sustainable development in the face of climate change? How ecosystems and nature could be better valued and their protection incentivized? How to utilize integrated water resources management and Nature-based Solutions to advance related outcomes, such as climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and biodiversity protection?

Speakers will include:


  • H.E. Mr. Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • H.E. Ms. Yoko Kamikawa, Special Envoy of Prime Minister of Japan


  • Mr. David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)


  • H.E. Mr. János Áder, Former President of Hungary, Member of the Water and Climate Leaders, Former Member of the High-Level Panel on Water
  • (Keynote) H.E. Mr. Senzo Mchunu, Minister for Water and Sanitation of South Africa
  • H.E. Mrs. Mariam Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of UAE
  • H.E. Mr. Christophe Béchu, Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion of France

Lead Discussants

  • Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Mr. Bruno Oberle, Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Ms. Mami Mizutori, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Ms. Leticia Tituana, Youth from Future Rising Fellows

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