Hub hosts high-level panel at World Water Week

On 31 August, the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security convened a High-Level Panel on Climate and Peace. Held as part of the World Water Week, the session explored how coordinated action on climate and peace can contribute to creating innovative ways forward to strengthen resilience as well as human and environmental security, in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.

The panel brought together climate representatives from the European Union, USA, and the incoming COP27 Presidency – Egypt, to advance the global conversation around valuing water and to reflect on the ways in which climate and environmental change leads to human insecurities and undermines sustainable, just, resilient, and peaceful societies.

Watch the recording of the session below.


Master of Ceremony:

  • Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, The Economist.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI.

Opening Remarks:

  • Magnus Nilsson, Secretary of State to Minister for Foreign Affairs Sweden.
  • Per Olsson Fridh, Director General, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jiří Kozák, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic, Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
  • Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, United States of America.
  • Shérif Eissa, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Jamshed Shoimzoda, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Tajikistan.

Reflection Panel:

  • Dan Smith, Director, Sipri.
  • Hafsa Maalim, Partnership Officer, Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union.

Reflections and Closing Remarks:

  • Kitty van der Heijden, Director General for International Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • Karin Gardes, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

The World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The 2022 edition of the conference was held on the theme ‘Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water’. Read more here.