Panel discussion

Water for Climate Pavilion

Inauguration Ceremony

The Water for Climate Pavilion officially opens.


December 1, 14:30 | Water for Climate Pavilion


Welcome: Thomas Rebermark, Director, Swedish Water House, SIWI


Indigenous blessing for the keeping of the waters: Great Grandmother Mary Lyons, Ojibwe Elder


Keynote Addresses:

  • HE Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan | Inspiring through the Water Action Decade
  • H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Envoy for the Netherlands | Generating momentum across global processes
  • HE Nataša Pirc Musar, President of Slovenia | Water for Climate, Water for Peace
  • HE Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt | Building on outcomes of COP27
  • Shahbano Tirmizi, UAE Climate Change Special Envoy Office | Ambitious Water Action for COP28 and beyond


Panel Discussion with the Global Commission on the Economics of Water

  • Engage in a discussion on the complex interactions between water, finance, food, trade and climate


  • Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute
  • Elizabeth Wathuti, Kenyan Youth Climate Activist
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, DG of the WTO

Moderator: Henk Ovink, GCEW Commissioner


Presentation of the Thematic Curators and their key messages Days 1-4: Highlight themes, key sessions, speakers


  • Louise Ellis, ARUP | Knowledge, Innovation and Technology
  • Tove Lexen, WaterAid | Watering the NDCs and NAPs
  • Jose Gesti, Sanitation & Water for All | Global Goal on Adaptation
  • Emrah Engindeniz, UN Habitat/GWOPA  | Locally Led Adaptation


Presentation of the Thematic Curators and their key messages Days 5-9:


  • Ivan Sjögren, SIWI | Peace, Security, Health
  • Tony Wong, Australia Water Partnership | Scaling up: Systems approaches
  • Austin Alexander, Xylem (on line) | Water for Net Zero
  • FAO | Food, Agriculture, Water
  • Alex Simalabwi, GWP | Climate Finance

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