Country of Residence: Sweden
Current Position: Director, World Water Week, Prizes and Global Policy Processes at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
How did you get to the role you are in today and what advice would you give aspiring climate champions?
I have been following the UNFCCC processes in different capacities – as a party representative, as well as NGO – since 1996. SIWI was one of the founding members of the Water and Climate Coalition, which was established in 2009 to engage with the UNFCCC process in order to contribute to better integration between climate and water efforts. My advice to aspiring climate champions would be: Build your arguments on facts. Always remember why we are here – to advocate for the most vulnerable and to achieve sustainable resource management. And, most important of all, don’t give up!
What do you believe should be achieved at COP18?
COP18 should pave the way for water wise climate adaptation and mitigation.
How should water be incorporated into an international agreement on climate change?
Water knowledge should inform UNFCCC decisions and programmes such as the Adaptation Committee, the Loss & Damage Programme, a possible programme on agriculture, as well as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). Water resources should be one of the thematic focus areas in the new phase of the Nairobi Work Programme. In the future there must also be ways to better seek synergies between adaptation and mitigation under the UNFCCC. Water provides a clear cut example of the linkages between mitigation and adaptation and could serve as a vehicle for promoting coherence.
Climate change is water change – sustainable water resources management is key to successful climate mitigation and adaptation.