Climate change and water security
The Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly stated that climate change over the twenty-first century is projected to reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources significantly in most dry subtropical regions, intensifying competition for water among sectors.
Through the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UNESCO provides a platform for scientific knowledge in order to contribute to the assessment and monitoring of changes in snow, glaciers and water resources as a result of climate change and climate variability.
Participatory, bottom-up approach to identify water security risks related to hydro-climatic events
International cooperation forum on water to help megacities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change
The Groundwater Youth Network
The Groundwater Youth Network (GWYN) is a youth led network aiming to provide a coordination mechanism between pre-existing youth organizations focused on water, and more specifically groundwater.
Reports and publications
United Nations World Water Development Report 2020 (full report)
Summary of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2020
Fresh water is the most important resource for humanity.
In many regions, changing precipitation or melting perennial snow and ice are altering hydrological systems, affecting the quantity and quality of water resources.