World Water Week Online: Accelerating water and climate action at COP26

19th August 2020

The climate crisis is a water crisis, and broad partnerships are needed to tackle both. To help bridge the gap between the 2019 and 2021 World Water Weeks, WWWeek At Home will bring together convenor-hosted, virtual adaptations of sessions on water and climate change originally destined for World Water Week 2020.

With water and climate both being high on the UK’s agenda, this event will highlight the global water crisis and the UK's response in the context of climate change and Covid-19.

A panel of experts from civil society, private sector and government will discuss water and climate from the perspectives of accountability, finance and business.

Join to hear more about the UK's vision ahead of COP26 and have your say on what actions and commitments are needed before and at these crucial climate negotiations.

Session date: Monday 24th August 09:00 - 09:45 BST

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The panel includes:

Minister Goldsmith, the UK's Minister of State for the Pacific and the Environment. The Minister's responsibilities include climate change, environment and conservation, and biodiversity.

Dr John Matthews, the Executive director and co-founder of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. John led the first-ever global water-climate dialogue at a COP and recent projects included leading a team of experts to develop green and climate bond resilience criteria for water infrastructure.

Sareen Malik, Executive Secretary of the African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation. Sareen is also the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, SWA Partnership. Her work focuses on working with NGOs to meaningfully engage in the water sector, mobilising around the call to action that good water governance is the key to improved sector performance.

Sasja Beslik, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance at Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd. Sasja is a Swedish and international financial expert known for promoting financial sustainability across the world. He has been with J. Safra Sarasin since 2019.

The programme includes a moderated Q&A, with attendees able to post questions to panelists live during the event.

Joining instructions will be sent via email on Sunday 23rd August to everyone who has registered for this event.

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Relevant water and climate resources including research reports and graphics can be accessed here.

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