At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.
In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.
At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.
Climate change is a global reality caused mainly by economic activities. Climate change has direct impacts on natural resources, ecosystems and societies, with water being particularly affected. Following the 2014 United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York, where a water specific goal was included in the 2030 world agenda for sustainable development, the water issue has gained prominence in the climate agenda. While water considerations are strongly present within the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), access to financing remains a challenge for water-related projects. In this context, different initiatives were launched during COP 21, among them:
"Climate is Water". To highlight the importance of water and to mobilize all the stakeholders, an international conference on water and climate, was organized in July 2016, entitled: «Water security for a climate justice». This conference was the occasion to launch the call « Water for Africa », which has been widely endorsed by African countries, cooperation agencies and international institutions. The call “Water for Africa” has served as basis for the new initiative, also “Water for Africa”, launched in Marrakech during COP 22. This initiative aims to raise awareness among the international community about specific African challenges, which are related to potable water and sanitation services, food security, and water infrastructure deficit. The voice of Africa was highlighted in Marrakech during the water events. The recommendations and conclusions from this international conference was presented as the Blue Book during COP 22.
Showcase: 10:00-13:00 @ Room Atlantic
Dialogue: 13:30-16:00 @ Room 10
World Water Council: Tom Soo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Eric Tardieu (email@example.com), Jean-François Donzier (firstname.lastname@example.org), Edouard Boinet (email@example.com)
Minister Delegate in charge of Water, Morocco: Charafat Afilal (firstname.lastname@example.org)