Linking up Development Agendas and Putting Water Security First - CONAGUA

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Side Event at COP16, Cancun, Mexico on 6 December 2010

Water, Climate and Development: Linking up Development Agendas and Putting Water Security First

Time: Monday 6 December 2010 at 6.30-8.00 pm
Place: Room Águila, Cancun Messe

This side event will demonstrate the links between water, human development and climate change, discuss policy responses for COP 16, and explore financing water-related adaptation. A flyer for the side event is available for download here.
Speakers include:
• Dr. Letitia A. Obeng, Chair of Global Water Partnership
• Mr. Anders Berntell, Water and Climate Coalition, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute
• Mr. Maas Goote, Head of Delegation, Special Envoy for Climate Change, the Netherlands (tbc)
• Ms Kulthoum Omari, HBF Sustainable Development Programme Manager
• Dr. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, Vice President, Asian Development Bank
• Mr. Bai Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW)
• Mr. Rolando Castro Cordoba, Freshwater Action Network (FAN)

The Side Event was organised by the Global Water Partnership, the Water and Climate Coalition and the Heinrich Böll Foundation

More information about the Global Water Partnership's participation at COP16: http://www.gwp.org/en/gwp-in-action/Events/GWP-participation-in-the-16th-Conference-of-the-United-Nations-Framework-Convention-on-Climate-Change-in-Cancun/

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Linking up Development Agendas and Putting Water Security First - CONAGUA

  1. 1. www.waterclimatecoalition.org Water and Climate Towards COP16 – Engaging with the UNFCCC
  2. 2. Vision <ul><li>Water is placed at the heart of global policy responses to climate change </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mission <ul><li>Bring together stakeholders from across the global water community to promote progressive and integrated water and climate change policy on an international level. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted advocacy on a global level, working with members to develop policy recommendations, statements and interventions as well as co-ordinating events, seminars and workshops. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Members and Partners <ul><li>Members </li></ul><ul><li>Stockholm International Water Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) </li></ul><ul><li>International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) </li></ul><ul><li>International Water Association (IWA) </li></ul><ul><li>Freshwater Action Network (FAN) </li></ul><ul><li>Green Cross International (GCI) </li></ul><ul><li>Progressio </li></ul><ul><li>University of North Carolina (UNC) Water Institute </li></ul><ul><li>World Wildlife Fund (WWF) </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate </li></ul><ul><li>Global Water Partnership (GWP) </li></ul><ul><li>CONAGUA </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key Asks <ul><li>The Work Programme - the establishment of a Work Programme on Water and Climate under the UNFCCC </li></ul><ul><li>The Text - a recognition of the importance of water management for climate change adaptation through the negotiations on adaptation under the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action </li></ul><ul><li>The Finance - finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation that is managed through the UNFCCC should be guided by criteria that promote the sustainable management of water resources to build resilience to climate change </li></ul>
  6. 6. Proposed Functions of a Work Programme <ul><li>Discourse Function - Improving the global policy discourse on water and climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Principles Function - Establishing guiding policy principles on water and climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Finance Function - Providing advice and guidance to the climate change funds </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation Function - Developing resources and tools, conducting analysis and capacity building to advance water and climate priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Coherence Function - Promoting synergies between global agreements and mechanisms on water and climate </li></ul>
  7. 7. Status <ul><li>Closing plenary of SBSTA (Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice) – six countries call for water to be put on the agenda for the next session of SBSTA in June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Proposers – Ecuador, Sudan </li></ul><ul><li>Supporters – El Salvador, Sierra Leone, Syria and Chile </li></ul><ul><li>Chair of SBSTA – promises to take into consideration in development of agenda </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Next? <ul><li>Parties – communicate support for the proposal for a water agenda item to the Chair of the SBSTA and the UNFCCC Secretariat </li></ul><ul><li>UNFCCC Secretariat/SBSTA Chair – take into consideration the proposal in the development of the SBSTA agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Coalition and Partners – work collaboratively with Parties to encourage their support for the agenda item </li></ul>
  9. 9. Outcomes <ul><li>First time water addressed comprehensively through the UNFCCC process </li></ul><ul><li>Linking of water and climate agendas at a global level </li></ul><ul><li>Increased profile of water as a global issue affected by climate change </li></ul><ul><li>The possibility of Parties agreeing to a work programme on water under the UNFCCC </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Anders Berntell </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director, </li></ul><ul><li>Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Hannah Stoddart, Stakeholder Forum </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Karin Lexen, SIWI </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.waterclimatecoalition.org </li></ul>

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