The event, convened by the UNFCCC Sharm el-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda (SAA) and the COP28 Presidency, will launch a new working group on urban water resilience. This technical working group aims to integrate non-state urban water sector actors into global climate actions, setting shared 2030 targets. It further seeks to enhance collaboration among city stakeholders and bridge city networks with national Parties. Participants will share their experiences, demonstrating how their initiatives collectively support the achievement of urban water-related 2030 targets outlined in the SSA agenda and how they can contribute to the overarching SSA outcomes.


  • Shahbano Tirmizi, Senior Advisor, Programmes & Partnerships, UAE Climate Change Special Envoy
  • Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute
  • Meike van Ginneken, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Sachin Bhoite, Director of Climate Resilience, C40
  • Monica Altamirano, Director, Climate Impact, Water Equity
  • Katrin Bruebach, Global Director, Programs and Delivery, Resilient Cities Network
  • Cyril Courjaret, SUEZ - CEO International at SUEZ
  • Farai Tunhuma, Global Senior Advisor WASH, UNICEF
  • Andre Dzikus, Chief of Urban Basic Services, UN Habitat
  • Jo Da Silva, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Arup


  • Marcia Toledo, Director, Adaptation and Resilience, UN Climate Change High-Level Champions
  • Hellen Wanjohi-Opil, Urban Resilience and Water Lead, WRI Africa

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