WEBINAR: The UN Water Conference: What Just Happened?

Originally Aired April 26, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET



John H. Matthews
Executive Director
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

John has been working at the intersection of water with climate adaptation and resilience since 2007. John started and led WWF’s freshwater climate adaptation program for three years before co-founding the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) in 2010 with the World Bank, where he is the Executive Director.

His work explores how we define and accelerate the uptake of our emerging set of best practices for water-centric climate resilience. He has led the development of new climate risk methodologies that have been used in dozens of countries, prepared green bond criteria that have certified more than 15 billion USD in water resilience investments over six continents, and advised well over 100 countries on their national climate commitments.

John received a doctorate in ecology, evolution, and behavioral ecology from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago.

Ingrid Timboe
Policy Director
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

Ingrid Timboe is the Policy Director at AGWA. She first joined AGWA in 2017 to coordinate the Water Action Day at COP23 and has been an international climate and water policy diva since then. Based in the United States, Ingrid is involved in all things policy at AGWA, coordinating AGWA Policy Group communications, producing the AGWA Policy Newsletter, helping prepare policy briefs and white papers. In addition, she is involved in the Marrakech Partnership and Adaptation Committee, coordinating AGWA’s work with the UNFCCC. She co-hosts the ClimateReady podcast with Alex Mauroner. Ingrid holds a Master's Degree in Water Resources Management, focused on transboundary waters, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs. Prior to graduate school, Ingrid spent six years at the World Wildlife Fund working with the Global Policy and Conservation Science teams.


The first UN water conference in almost 50 years finished up in March. What was at stake? Who was there? What were the outcomes? Was it important or useful? In an ask me anything format moderated by Michael Campana, John Matthews and Ingrid Timboe will talk about their experiences in New York over the week, their impressions, and what might emerge in coming months and years.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the role of UN agencies to influence water policies globally
  2. Describe the current status of SDG 6 (focused mostly on WASH) vs other water issues
  3. Show relationships between global water issues to regional, national, and subnational water issues

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