Responding to the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Action: Realizing Early Warning Systems for All in a World with Increasing Water-Related Hazards

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United Nations 2023 Water Conference - Early Warnings For All

Responding to the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Action: Realizing Early Warning Systems for All in a World with Increasing Water-Related Hazards 

Official UN 2023 Water Conference Side Event

  • Co-organized by IFRC, UNDRR, WMO and in collaboration with Egypt, Japan, Tajikistan, the United States, and UNESCO 
  • Date: March 23, 2023
  • Time: 8:00am -9:15am ET | 1:00-2:15 pm CET
  • Location: Conference Room 2, UNHQ 
  • Link to join: LINK
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Tentative Programme

 Moderator Ms Sofia Borges, Senior Vice President and Head of the NY Office, UN Foundation – 8:05 start time, 3 min by moderator

 Welcoming Remarks (4 mins) 8:08-8:12, plus transition

  • Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 

 Opening Remarks (8 mins)

  • H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, 8:13-8:17, plus transition
  • Mr. Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Just Transition, 8:18-8:22, plus transition

Setting the Scene (12 mins)

  • Mr. Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 8:23-8:27, plus transition
  • Ms. Rabab Fatima UN-OHRLLS, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, 8:28-8:32, plus transition
  • Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, Head of the New York Office, International Communication Union (ITU) 8:33-8:37, plus transition

High-level Commitments to the Water Action Agenda and ‘Early Warning for All’ (21 mins, - 3 mins each)

  • H.E. Mr. Mark Harbers, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Kingdom of the Netherlands, 8:38-8:41, plus transition
  • H.E. Ms. Mariam Al Mheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE 8:42-8:45, plus transition. 
  •  H.E. Mr. Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt 8:46-8:49 plus trans
  • H.E. Ms. Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland, 8:50-8:53, plus transition
  • H.E. Ms. Kamikawa Yoko, Special Envoy of Prime Minister of Japan, 8:54-8:57, plus transition
  • Mr. Xing Qu, Deputy Director General, UNESCO, 8:58-9:01, plus transition
  • Dr. Sarah Kapnick, NOAA’s Chief Scientist, USA, 9:02-9:05, plus transition

Closing remarks  ( 4 mins) 9:06-9:10

  • Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 
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