The Youth Delegates of the World Water Council have developed the Satellite Events project in partnership with youth-led networks and organizations around the world to facilitate the contribution of young water researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to the 8th World Water Forum, aiming for a stronger and more unified youth voice.
Following the Youth Delegates participation in the Second Stakeholders Meeting of the 8th World Water Forum, the youth investigated means to actively contribute to and meaningfully participate in the processes shaping the Forum, aiming to engage their networks and organizations. The Satellite Events emerge as a strategy to welcome coordinated input from young people across the globe towards the 8th World Water Forum and aim to collect a unified youth standpoint on the priorities for the water agenda at a local, regional and global levels. At the same time, they also represent a coordinated way to outreach youth, raise awareness, and, overall, connect youth and regional youth networks to the 8th World Water Forum processes. Each Satellite Event will generate a Youth Statement indicating the priority water issues in the region where the event is taking place. All the Youth Statements produced will feed into a final Youth Declaration that will be presented in Brasilia during the 8th World Water Forum. The organizations and networks supporting the initiative believe in the generation of "from youth to youth" content to support the engagement of youth groups in water and see everyone as a potential stakeholder with relevant contributions to address the water challenges of today.
The guidelines offer an insight on how to promote a successful Youth Satellite Event and communicate effectively about the experience. We count on you to be active in securing water and sanitation for all and in the largest water event in the world!
World Water Council Youth Delegates actively shape the Forum through Satellite Events
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC conclude successfully, and for two weeks Bonn was the center of global climate change diplomacy. COP23, presided by the Fijian Government, the first Pacific Island to ever assume this role, was attended by over 27000 people spread through two zones (Bula and Bonn).
In view of raising political awareness for water within the climate change discussions, the World Water Council and its partners were actively engaged at COP23. In addition to carrying the voice of water with the #ClimateIsWater initiative, and supporting its members and their events throughout COP23, the Council was co-coordinating Water Day, which was held on 10 November as part of the non-state actor engagement mechanism of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA).
The Water Day highlighted the innovative work that is being done by the Council and its partners and facilitated opportunities for increased collaboration as we move forward. This year’s Water Day sessions were focused on exploring the critical linkages between water and the global climate adaptation, mitigation and finance agendas, knowledge and capacity development, as well as Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 11 on Zero Hunger and Sustainable Cities and Communities respectively. Water Day sessions hosted a number of high-level speakers from many different countries, including WWC Honorary President Loïc Fauchon who led the Council’s delegation.
The Water Day sessions were also streamed live online and enabled interested viewers, who were not able to attend COP23, to follow the discussions.
Please find below the MPGCA Water Day events available online:
- MPGCA Water, Agriculture and Energy Press conference
- Water Day Opening Plenary
- Water Day Closing Plenary
- Water Day Media briefing
- Video News Release produced by MdC
One of the main outcomes from the Global Climate Action events was a Yearbook, which captures the climate actions of businesses, water, investors, cities, regions and civil society, demonstrating that non-Party stakeholders are steadily progressing to achieve the central goal of the Paris Agreement.
The digital version of the Yearbook can be downloaded here.