10.10.2019 - Natural Sciences Sector

Strengthening coordinated water and climate actions in Africa

UNESCO WWAP, in collaboration with UNESCO National Office to Ghana, UNECA, UNESCO IHP Africa, ICLEI and AGWA, will contribute to the Climate Chance Summit- Africa 2019 by organizing a side event on “Strengthening coordinated water and climate actions in Africa”, which will bring together stakeholders from the water and climate communities to showcase how water resources management contributes to climate change adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience.

The event will take place in Accra, Ghana, on 16 October, from 8.00 AM to 13.00 PM. It will be held during the Climate Chance Summit- Africa 2019, which is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local authorities of Ghana, to take concrete actions against climate change in Africa and insure the continuity of its first edition. 

The meeting will present key findings and recommendations on the close connection between water and climate, as well as examples of local actions, including experiences from Ghana and Ethiopia. The main goal is to facilitate the discussion on how water can contribute to the creation of adaptation and mitigation measures to assure climate-resilient communities and to reduce human and economic losses, involving local and regional actors. Also, WWAP will share the main findings of the regional policy paper of the critical role of water to achieve the SDGs in Africa. 

The outcomes and key messages of the event will be conveyed at future international forums, such as COP 25, which will take place in Chile from 2-13 December and the World Water Forum, which will be held in 2021 in Senegal.

Together with the side event, UNESCO WWAP will also contribute to the Journalists’ workshop on Media and climate change organized by the Climate Tracker network and to the ICLEI Africa event, which will host the AfriAlliance Roadshow focusing on innovation for water and climate through the lens of nature-based solutions. 

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