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1st Meeting, Global Workshop on Droughts in Transboundary…

1st Meeting, Global Workshop on Droughts in Transboundary Basins

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The global workshop will bring together water, agriculture, climate and environment communities as well as drought experts to jointly discuss best practices and lessons learned in addressing droughts in transboundary basins.   
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10:00 – 11:00 Opening session
  • Moderators: Ms. Sibylle Vermont, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland and Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
Welcoming remarks:
  • H.E. Mr. Lars Tummers, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva
  • Mr. Dmitry Mariyasin, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Ms. Paola Albrito, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Ms. Andrea Meza Murillo, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Ms. Barbara Pompili, Special Envoy of the French President for the One Water Summit Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
  • Keynote speech – Mr. Valentin Aich, Global Water Partnership - Why is drought such an urgent issue? Situation with droughts worldwide.
  • Introduction to the aims and the programme of the workshop – Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary of the Water Convention, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Ms. Hanna Plotnykova, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
11:00 – 13:00 Session 1: Introduction to drought management: global and local context
  • Moderator: Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
Recent challenges and global and regional initiatives and policies on drought management under changing climate: panel discussion
  • Mr. Daniel Tsegai, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Ms. Jenty Kirsch-Wood, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Mr. Robert Stefanski, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
  • Mr. Dominique Burgeon, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Questions and answers : 
  • Challenges related to droughts and aquifers and way forward (incl. fossil aquifers and the issues of salinity) – Mr. James Sauramba, Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute
Flood-drought interaction in the same shared basins and countries
  • An EPIC Response: Innovative Governance for Flood and Drought Risk Management – Ms. Kathia Massaro Havens, World Bank
Short interventions from basins on flood-drought interaction
  • Ms. Ljupka Dimoska-Zajkov, Ministry of Environmental and Physical Planning, Republic of North Macedonia
  • Ms. Flore Lafaye de Micheaux, Senior Advisor for Europe Secretariat, The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands
Discussion with the audience : how can we deal with drought challenges and mainstream transboundary water cooperation into current global and regional initiatives ?
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