Open Letter: Building a resilient future through water

Event Jun 14, 2018

Water is key to the success of all the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and therefore essential for delivering on the 2030 Agenda that aims to transform our world into the future we want. To achieve this, a new way of managing water is needed, to make societies more resilient, sustainable and inclusive. This open letter calls for action and takes a closer look at how this can be achieved. 

Multi-stakeholder representatives of the water and development community presented this open letter to UN member state representations, UN agencies and other leading global organizations on May 2018 at an event co-organized by the Finnish and the Lebanese permanent representation to the UN in New York. This initiative is lead and coordinated by SIWI and key partners with the aim to build a strong momentum towards the High-Level Political Forum and World Water Week, leading towards a final document that will be shared at the UN General Assembly.

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Signatories as of 23 July 2018:
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director | Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Fred Boltz, CEO | Resolute Development Solutions | The Resilience Shift
Torkil Jonch Clausen, Chair | Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management
Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator and Director World Water Assessment Programme | UNESCO
Blanca Jimenez Cisneros, Director of the Division of Water Sciences | UNESCO
Jennifer Sara, Director, Water Global Practice | The World Bank Group
Oyun Sanjaasuren, Chair | Global Water Partnership
Betsy Otto, Global Director, Water Program | World Resources Institute (WRI)
Ben Braga, President | World Water Council
Johan Rockström, Director | Stockholm Resilience Centre
Mark Fletcher, Director, Global Water Business Leader| Arup
Cate Lamb, Head of Water Security | CDP
Casey Brown, Professor | University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President | Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)
Beverly Bucur, Director of Advocacy | Soroptimist International
John Matthews, Coordinator | Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
Claudia Sadoff, Director General | International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Kala Vairavamoorthy, Director | International Water Association (IWA)
Alex Mung, Head |Global Water Initiative of World Economic Forum
Andrea Erickson-Quiroz, Managing Director Water Security, Global Water | The Nature Conservancy
Jason Morrison, President | Pacific Institute
Patrick Lavarde, President | International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Leader  | World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Kevin Rudd, Chair | Sanitation and Water for All Global Partnership
Nathanial Matthews, Program Director | Global Resilience Partnership
Adrian Sym, Chief Executive Officer | Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
Michael Berkowitz, President |100 Resilient Cities