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***MEDIA ADVISORY

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COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Water & Oceans Resilience
2 December 2015 from 10:15 to 14:45
Press briefing from 9:30 to 10:00 PM CET Blue Zone

WATER RESILIENCE AND OCEANS
NEW COALITIONS LAUNCHED TODAY TAKING CONCRETE COOPERATIVE ACTIONS
A NEW “PARIS PACT ON WATER AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE”

Paris, 2nd December 2015- National and local Governments, basin organizations, private
sector and civil society join to announce a number of ambitious initiatives and projects to
catalyze action on water and oceans resilience; key for sustainable development and yet
probably, the most affected by climate change. The ‘Resilience Focus’ event of tomorrow is
part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA).
Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on humanity and ecosystems, directly
affecting water resources and oceans. UN Water warns that without an improved water
resources management, the progress towards poverty reduction targets, the achievement of
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and sustainable development in all its economic,
social and environmental dimensions, will be jeopardized.
Key cooperatives initiatives will be presented, gathering all stakeholders - such as river basin
organizations, private sector, local and national Governments, civil society, and development
organizations, since collaboration beyond borders is essential for water resilience.
A cooperative pact on water and adaptation to climate change, as well as the commitment
from cities, private sector and civil society actors to enhance water resilience. Hundreds of
commitments are expected. Concrete and financial pledges to be announced.
Among confirmed panelists, the LPAA Focus on Resilience event dedicated to Water and
Oceans event will host:
Keynote presentations
Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy,
France Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru
Aziz Akhannouch, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco
Junaid Ahmal Kamad, Senior Director Water, The World Bank
Brice Lalonde, French Water Partnership

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Resilience in River Basins, Aquifers and Lakes (Paris Pact)
Jean-François Donzier, Secretary General, International Network of Basin Organization
Charafat Afilal, Minister in charge of water, Morocco
Christine A. Gbedji Vyaho, Ministry of Water, Benin
Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Director general, Nacional Water Comisión, Mexico
Du Guozhi, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Water Resources, China
Kabine Komara, High Commissioner of the international basin of the Senegal River
Shri Shashi Shekhar, Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga, India
Simon Sakibede, Secretary General, CICOS
Private Sector acting on water resilience (Business Commitments)
Jean-Louis Chaussade, Chief Operating Officer, SUEZ ENVIRONMENT
Jason Morrison, Head, UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate
Cate Lamb, Head, CDP Water
Linda Freiner, Flood Resilience Program Manager, Zurich IG
Urban Water (Cities initiatives)
Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
Jacques Moineville, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Agence Française de Développement
Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Water and Irrigation, Kenya
Hassan Ali Joho, Governor, Mombasa County
Civil Society and NGOs commitments
Benedito Braga, President, World Water Council
Roland Marin, President, CLOCSAS Latin America and the Caribbean
Asma Bachikh, President of the World Youth Parliament for Water

Oceans
Julien Topenot, CGA-CGM
Chris Bolder, Tara Ocean
Amedi Camara, Minister of Environment, Mauritania

LOGISTICS
What: COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Resilience (Water & Oceans):
When: 2 December 2015 | 10:15 AM CET – 14:45 PM CET
Press Briefing at 9:30 AM
Where: In the Blue Zone (Press Conference Room 1 )
Press contact for Resilience: Dan Shepard, shepard@un.org +1 212 963-9495
LPAA Press Officer Diane Gaillard at lpaa@cop21.gouv.fr +33 6 99 62 49 79
ABOUT LPAA
The Lima-Paris Action Agenda is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French COP
presidencies, the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UNFCCC
Secretariat. It aims to strengthen climate action throughout 2015, in Paris in December and
well beyond through: mobilizing robust global action towards low carbon and resilient
societies; providing enhanced support to existing initiatives, such as those launched during
the NY SG Climate summit in September 2014; and mobilizing new partners and providing a
platform for the visibility of their actions, commitments and results in the run up to
COP21.Learn more at http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/about/

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***
COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Resilience – Vulnerability &
People
2 December 2015 from 15:00 to 18:30
Press briefing from 14:15 to 14:45 PM CET Blue Zone

GROWING CLIMATE RESILIENCE TO REDUCE VULNERABILITY AND
PROTECT PEOPLE
Paris, 2nd December 2015-. COP21 can be a turning point in the support for those who suffer
the most of climate change. Once again, negotiation can be supported by immediate action.
Tomorrow in Paris, among the LPAA* focuses days, national and local governments,
international organizations, development banks, private sectors, and civil society
representatives will present to decision-makers six initiatives to address resilience. Those six
major initiatives and projects will accelerate the implementation of innovative actions, in
areas such as integrated water resources management food security; disaster risk reduction
and capacity-building essential to resilience.
Extreme climatic events have often dramatic consequences in vulnerable states. Over the last
30 years, $1 out of every $3 spent on development has been lost as a result of recurring crises,
a total loss of $3.8 trillion worldwide, warns The Rockefeller Foundation. Natural disasters
affect not only economic dimension, but also the social and environmental one, affecting 217
million people every year.
Building long-term resilience, whether it is carried by states, organizations, local governments
development banks, or even private sectors, is essential to protect people and also their
livelihoods (natural, social, financial, physical and others) from the disruptive impacts of
climate change. Those initiatives will help address the needs of the nearly 634 million people
who live in at-risk coastal areas just a few meters above existing sea levels, as well as those
living in areas at risk of droughts and floods.
Among confirmed panelists, this Resilience Focus Event will host:
Fred Boltz, Managing Director Ecosystems, The Rockefeller Foundation
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change *
Maarten van Aalst, director, Red Cross
Khalid Fahmy, Minister of Environment, Egypt
Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility
Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of Climate Change, SPREP*
Luca Alivioni, Executive Director, Global Resilience Partnership*
Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, France
* Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP *
Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO, Islamic Relief World Wide *

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José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization *
Henri De Castries, CEO, AXA
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food ¨Program
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LOGISTICS
What: COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Resilience (Water Oceans):
Full Agenda on line http://newsroom.unfccc.int/media/518171/lpaa_programfinal-011215.pdf
When: 2 December 2015 | 15.00 PM CET – 18.30 PM CET
Press Briefing at 14:14PM
Where: In the Blue Zone (Room TBD)
LPAA Press Officer Diane Gaillard | +33 6 99 62 49 79| lpaa@cop21.gouv.fr Press
contact for Resilience: Dan Shepard, shepard@un.org, +1 212 963-9495

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ABOUT LPAA
The Lima-Paris Action Agenda is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French COP
presidencies, the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UNFCCC
Secretariat. It aims to strengthen climate action throughout 2015, in Paris in December and
well beyond through: mobilizing robust global action towards low carbon and resilient
societies; providing enhanced support to existing initiatives, such as those launched during
the NY SG Climate summit in September 2014; and mobilizing new partners and providing a
platform for the visibility of their actions, commitments and results in the run up to
COP21.Learn more at http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/about/

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