World Wetlands Day 2019 Celebration in Geneva
Wetlands and Climate Change, the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2019, draws attention to the vital role of wetlands as a natural solution to cope with climate change, one of the most pressing problems facing humanity and our planet.
You are cordially invited to attend a high level discussion aiming at highlighting wetland conservation and restoration as a sustainable solution for climate action to help reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change. The event will also address the opportunities and share examples of practical steps countries can take to include wetlands as part of their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Welcome and Introduction
Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
H.E. Obaid Salem Saeed Al Zaabi, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Office in Geneva (tbc)
Stuart Crane, Programme Management Officer, Fresh Water, UN Environment
Bernard Giraud, President Livelihoods Fund
Pavel Kabat, WMO Chief Scientist and Director of Research Department
Awidya Santikajaya, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO and other International Organizations in Geneva
Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (moderation)