Water for Sustainable Development: strengthening resilience to water scarcity and water access in Cambodia, Jamaica and Rwanda

08:00 - 09:30 EST

Water is a fundamental part of all aspects of life. Water is inextricably linked to the three pillars of sustainable development, and it integrates social, cultural, economic and political values. It is crosscutting and supports the achievement of many SDGs through close linkages with climate, energy, cities, the environment, food security, poverty, gender equality and health, amongst others. With climate change profoundly affecting our economies, societies and environment, water is indeed the biggest deal breaker to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This side event will convene development partners and frame the conversation around the role of the United Nations in strengthening resilience to water scarcity and water access, by promoting data analysis, financing strategies and financial mechanisms. Building on the results of UN joint programmes in Jamaica, Cambodia and Rwanda, the panel will explore opportunities to accelerate investments in the sector.

Panel discussion moderated by Lisa Kurbiel, Head of the Joint SDG Fund Secretariat:

  • Mr. René van Hell, Director Inclusive Green Growth and Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Joseph Scheuer, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cambodia (spotlight on: CLEAN)
  • Ms. Dina Pons, Managing Partner from INCOFIN Investment Management
  • Mr. Winston Shaw from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) of Jamaica (spotlight on: “Strengthening Jamaica’s resilience to food and water insecurity” Development Emergency modality joint programme)
  • Ms. Julianna Lindsey, UNICEF Representative in Rwanda (spotlight on: “Enhancing WASH development finance in Rwanda through integrated and innovative approaches for National Priorities and the SDGs”)