Addressing water issues is key to adapting to climate change and reducing the negative impacts of water-related disasters and extreme water events. The World Water Council was actively involved in highlighting water’s crucial role in achieving and implementing the climate goals of the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid from 12-13 December.
Joining forces with key partners, the Council co-organized and supported several events including the Water Action Event “Just Add Water: Solutions for the 2020 NDCs and beyond” co-convened under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA).
The events explored how to catalyze climate-resilient water management solutions for adaptation, showcased tangible examples of how water can help Parties achieve their climate ambitions, and identified sustainable water management solutions to support the delivery of the 2030 Agenda.
Together with members of the #ClimateIsWater initiative, the Council campaigned for the recognition of water as a game-changer in climate negotiations, promoting messages to help bring climate negotiators on board.
Accelerating the Water Agenda at COP25
On 26 – 27 November 2019, the World Water Council participated in the 5th meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water in Manila, Philippines, which was hosted by the Asian Development Bank. With more than 100 people in attendance, this second regional meeting of the Roundtable was focused on the Asian region.
WWC Bureau member, Mrs. Qiuchi Shi, from the Ministry of Water Resources of China, gave opening remarks on behalf of the World Water Council. She reiterated the dedication of the Council to propose solutions for water financing issues.
“Now more than ever, it is important to further promote concrete and operational recommendations at all levels, to mobilize more capital towards investment in sustainable water infrastructure, but also to better manage the funds that are available,” she stated.
The Roundtable addressed issues such as private sector participation, enabling environments, managing water-related risks and the mobilization of commercial finance, among others. Several country examples were also presented, enabling the dissemination of good practices and case studies that worked in the region.
The Roundtable on Financing Water is a joint initiative of the OECD, the Netherlands, the World Water Council and the World Bank.
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