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Thursday 24 March 15:15 – 16:45 (UTC / Dakar time)



Introduction to the session (10 min)

  • Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Netherlands and Ms. Judith Enaw, President of ANBO

Overview of messages from the different action groups

  • Mr Ababacar Ndao, OMVG
  • Ms Yoonjin Kim, Korea Water Forum
  • Video Message from: H.E. Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy-Secretary-General

Part I (35 min)
Improving cooperation between different sectors and stakeholders: Discussion on the required short and long-term actions

Panel Interventions:

  • Funding and financing in a multilevel cooperation:  H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation
  • Supporting basin organisations to achieve the SDG’s target of cooperative IWRM & dialogue across sectors: replying to the call of the Dakar Action Plan for basins! H.E. Mr Nizar Barka, Minister for Equipment, Transport and Water Logistics, Morocco
  • Cooperation and dialogue across sectors, H.E. Ms.  Pilar Cancela, Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spain
  • The role of Youth: Mr. Nounagnon Zinsou, World Youth Parliament for Water (Benin)
  • Cooperation and partnerships, Mr. Howard Bamsey, Chair, Global Water Partnership
  • Basin Organization Perspective: Dr. Dinara Ziganshina, Deputy Director, Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination in Central Asia

Q&A session (10 min)


Part II (30 min)
Enhancing water cooperation at the basin and international scale: discussion on the required short and medium-term actions

Panel interventions:

  • South-South cooperation: Hon. Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Namibia
  • Team Europe initiative and approach: Ms. Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General for the Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
  • Accelerating transboundary cooperation and the role of basin organizations as agents for peace, Mr. Hamed Diane SEMEGA, High Commissioner of OMVS
  • Joint infrastructure development, General Director, ITAIPU Binacional
  • Global Water Conventions, H.E. Ms Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, UNECE
  • Role of financing for partnerships: Dr. Franz Rojas-Ortuste, Head of the Water Agenda, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)

Q&A session (10 min)


Summary and conclusions towards the 2023 UN Water Conference – 5 min

  • Mr. Ababacar Ndao and Ms. Yoonjin Kim

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