Water and Climate Change


    ©Rlyad Mohammed

    Climate challenges have been central to the World Water Council’s strategy in recent years, as it exacerbates existing challenges to water resources development and management encompassing many disciplines, nations and societal dimensions. 

    The obvious link between water and climate change has for a long time been ignored in international climate summits. Climate change increases the intensity and frequency of natural disasters and water-related extreme events (unpredictable rainfall and floods, water shortages and droughts). Two-thirds of the world population could be affected by water stress in 2025. Food, health and energy security are, thus, also threatened. Addressing water issues is, therefore, key to adapting to climate change and reducing the negative impacts of water-related disasters. In this context, water security is a key factor to climate adaptation. In addition, water is also critical for successful climate change mitigation. 

    Actions and outputs for 2019-2021

    Strategic actions

    Garner greater attention for water issues within climate dialogues internationally, notably through:

    • UNFCCC processes 
    • Developing multilateral partnerships and dialogues
    • Maintaining visibility for water and climate on various platforms

    Main outputs

    • Maximised potential of the UNFCCC observer status by engaging in multi-stakeholder processes within UNFCCC to promote water issues;
    • Membership of the NDC Partnership and strengthened bilateral relationships with countries;
    • High-level Strategic Workshop on Water and Climate (convened in June 2019);
    • #ClimateIsWater initiative;
    • Support to WASAG;
    • Events co-organized during CoP25;
    • 2020 World Water Day celebration on Water and Climate Change (22 March 2020);
    • Contribution to the 2020 World Water Development Report (to be launched on 22 March 2020);