French Water Partnership

| 08.00-19.00
Invitation for climateiswater event

The French Water Partnership (FWP) is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 on World Water Day.

It is a French platform for discussing and exchanging ideas that helps to place water at the top of the global political agenda. It also helps to share the collective know-how of French players throughout the world. The FWP now counts more than 100 members from the public and private water sectors.

The FWP consists of six panels made up of representatives from 1) the government and its public institutions; 2) NGOs, organizations and foundations; 3) regional authorities and parliamentarians; 4) economic players; 5) research and training establishments and 6) French and foreign private individuals. It carries out its activities in a collaborative manner, without any category of members taking priority over the others. Together they develop common, consensus-based messages and communicate them in European and international bodies and networks such as the United Nations, the European Union and at events such as the World Water Forum, the World Water Week, Climate Conventions (COPs) etc.


16:00 Welcome and introduction

Government of the Netherlands and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to introduce the session

AGWA/SIWI on the essential role of water in the climate change agenda

16:15 Are the NDCs water-proofed?

Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Environment, Sustainable Development and Water and Vice-President of the French Water Partnership

16:20 Water in the climate change agenda and on the COP22 agenda

Dr Abdeladim Lhafi, High Commissioner for the COP22, High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification, Morocco

16:30 Connecting the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement through water

Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria (TBC)

16:40 Financing implementation

Philippe Floch, Adaptation Specialist Consultant, Green Climate Fund

16:50 The experience of Bangladesh

Saleemul Huq, Director at the International Center for Climate Change and Development, ICCCAD (TBC)

17:00 Pacific indigenous & local knowledge perspectives on water and climate change

Tui Shortland, Director, Pacific Indigenous & Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction

17:10 Water and climate change issues in transboundary basins: gender perspective

Dr Helen Natu, Regional Manager, Nile Basin discourse

17:20 Concluding remarks and recommendations moving forward

Global Water Partnership