Open letter.Jun 14, 2018

Building a resilient future through water

Water is key to the success of all the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and therefore essential for delivering on the 2030 Agenda that aims to transform our world into the future we want. To achieve this, a new way of managing water is needed, to make societies more resilient, sustainable and inclusive. This open letter calls for action and takes a closer look at how this can be achieved. 

Multi-stakeholder representatives of the water and development community presented this open letter to UN member state representations, UN agencies and other leading global organizations on May 2018 at an event co-organized by the Finnish and the Lebanese permanent representation to the UN in New York. This initiative is lead and coordinated by SIWI and key partners with the aim to build a strong momentum towards the High-Level Political Forum and World Water Week, leading towards a final document that will be shared at the UN General Assembly.

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Signatories as of 30 November 2018:

  • Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director | Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • Fred Boltz, CEO | Resolute Development Solutions | The Resilience Shift
  • Torkil Jonch Clausen, Chair | Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management
  • John Matthews, Coordinator | Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Adrian Sym, Chief Executive Officer | Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
  • Mark Fletcher, Leader, Global Water Business | Arup
  • Cate Lamb, Head of Water Security | CDP
  • Nathanial Matthews, Program Director | Global Resilience Partnership
  • Ross Hamilton, Interim Chair | Global Water Partnership
  • Monika Weber-Fahr, Executive Secretary | Global Water Partnership
  • Jean Didier Berthault, Vice President|Greater Paris Sanitation Authority, Councillor|Greater Paris
  • Kala Vairavamoorthy, Director | International Water Association (IWA)
  • Claudia Sadoff, Director General | International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Patrick Lavarde, President | International Water Resource Association (IWRA)
  • Jason Morrison, President | Pacific Institute
  • Kevin Rudd, Chair | Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
  • Johan Rockström, Director | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Beverly Bucur, Director of Advocacy | Soroptimist International
  • Andrea Erickson-Quiroz, Managing Director Water Security, Global Water | The Nature Conservancy
  • Blanca Jimenez Cisneros, Director of the Division of Water Sciences | UNESCO
  • Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator and Director | UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme
  • Casey Brown, Professor | University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President Women for Water | Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)
  • Jennifer Sara, Director, Water Global Practice | The World Bank Group
  • Alex Mung, Head, Global Water Initiative | The World Economic Forum
  • Betsy Otto, Global Director, Water Program | World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Ben Braga, President | World Water Council
  • Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Leader | WWF International
  • Michael Berkowitz, President | 100 Resilient Cities
  • Eduardo Vazquez Herrera, Mission Statement of Agua Capital, Mexico City
  • EIB – name to be confirmed
  • OECD – name to be confirmed

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