Stockholm International Water Institute / The Resilience Shift / The Rockefeller Foundation

SDG-Paris Agreement: Building a Resilient Future through Water Part 1

Thursday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: M2

In 2018, global agendas will focus on water and ecosystems at large. The UN-HLPF will address progress for SDG6 (water, sanitation) and other goals (energy, cities, sustainable consumption and production, ecosystems). The HLPF will present its concluding report and CBD COP14, Ramsar COP13 and UNFCCC COP24 will cover key water issues. UN members eagerly seek the engagement of non-state actors multi-stakeholder groups to support the implementation of these global agendas.

World Water Week has become an agenda setter for annual stocktaking on water-related development goals. It is a pivotal moment when synergies between the global agendas can be identified and acted upon to foster coherent and efficient implementation by convening high-level government representatives, UN and multilateral institutions, civil society, academia, and the private sector.

For three years, SIWI has organized a two-part high-level session to exchange knowledge, enhance partnership and action and take stock on water-related progress of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. This year’s edition is co-sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation and The Resilience Shift. It will highlight advances in water, science, practice, policy with a view on water resilience as a paradigm for fulfilling our common agenda for sustainable development.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


09:00     Welcome - Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute

09:10      Key note message from COP presidency - H.E Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change, The Ministry of Environment, Poland - tbc 

09:20 Key note message – Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

09:30     Key note message – H.E Henk WJ Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands, and Sherpa to the High-Level Panel on Water 

9:40     Feedbacks from Global Agendas – Panel discussion moderated by Ms. Maggie White, Senior Manager, International Policy, SIWI 

  • Ms. Pamela Tshwete, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, South Africa
  • Ms. Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General of the Ramsar Wetlands Convention
  • Mr. Luqmon Isomatov, Head of Department, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Republic of Tajikistan 
  • Ms. Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Global Water Team, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ms. Cate Lamb, Director of Water Security, CDP

10:25     Concluding statement 

10:30     End of Part 1