SIWI at COP

Climate risk is water risk. SIWI’s aim in attending the COP climate meetings is to contribute to efficient climate action by translating water knowledge into global policy. SIWI provides suggestions on how resilient water management can be integrated into the UNFCCC programmes and implementation mechanisms. 

Water must be an integral part of all policies and interventions for agriculture and food systems. It is not an added benefit - it is a prerequisite

Climate change impacts water resources first and foremost, and through water, has a domino effect on sustainable agriculture, food security, economic stability and development.

The drivers of change for both are largely the same: population growth and increasing mobility; and socioeconomic development and lifestyle change.

It is through changes in temperature and rainfall that water affects agriculture, which provide both opportunities and risks.  It is water management that allows agriculture to better adapt to climate change.

SIWI’s key messages at the COP:

  • Governments need to systematically integrate and enforce sustainable water-sound strategies within agricultural policy and management measures; especially in the context of implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions, their National Adaptation Plans and throughout UNFCCC programs and mechanisms
  • Food security, improved nutrition and human health will only be achieved if there is water security. 

    The following should be a part of national policies:

  1. More crop/value/nutrition/jobs per drop (improved water-use efficiency, increased productivity)
  2. Reduction in food loss and waste from production to consumption
  3. Water-friendly (less polluting, water saving) practices in crop production, livestock, aquaculture and rural development
  4. Promotion of less traditional options (e.g. water harvesting, wastewater, aquaponics)
  • Special attention to equity and improved resilience is needed, anchoring women, youth, and smallholders strongly into development policies and practices.

SIWI’s aim in attending the COP is to contribute to efficient climate action by translating water knowledge into global policy. SIWI provides suggestions on how resilient water management can be integrated into the UNFCCC programmes and implementation mechanisms.

SIWI works closely with stakeholders to advocate for the role of water resilience in the development and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). We also have a history of working with business leaders to promote sustainable, climate smart business practices.

SIWI has been actively engaging in climate negotiations since 2009. In 2015, SIWI co-founded the #ClimateIsWater initiative – a collaborative effort involving the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), World Water Council and many other actors to raise the profile of water in the global climate negotiations.

One world. One climate. One convention for transformative change. The COP brings together 196 member States, plus the European Union, to address the challenges of global warming.

The COP stands for the “Conference of the Parties.” It is the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP was put in place to structure the efforts of the member States as they address climate change.

The COP meets annually to review and assess the implementation of the UNFCCC and any other legal instruments the body adopts with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.  These annual UN climate change conferences are commonly referred to as COP. The COP event in Marrakech will mark the 22nd annual meeting, hence COP22.

The main objective of the Framework Convention and its related legal instruments are to stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The term “anthropogenic” refers to the effects caused by human activity. The most notable legal instruments developed and adopted by the COP include the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

The Convention stipulates, “Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.”

For more information about the UNFCC and COP22 visit the Marrakech COP22 website.

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SIWI at COP23: From Policy to Action

SIWI will be organizing a number of events at COP23 discussing how to move from policy to action. We’re working with stakeholders in business, municipal government and civil society to deliver events that provide proven examples and tools for building water resiliency and climate adaptation.

Following the success of the first Water Action Day at COP22, co-organized by SIWI, this year’s Water Action Day events will build on our achievements in mainstreaming water into the global climate action agenda, enabling climate and water actors and their allies to learn from one another and engage as full partners in achieving a sustainable and resilient climate future for all people.

Given water’s role as an essential connector between sectors, this year’s program has been developed with our allies in other focal areas including Agriculture, Energy, Cities, Industry, Oceans, Biodiversity and Gender, and is focused on exploring the critical linkages between water and the global climate adaptation, mitigation and finance agendas.

Highlighted Events:

Imagine our world with +4°C: coping with the impacts of climate change on water for SDG 6, 11 & 14
SIWI, French Water Partnership

Water Action Day

The blue trinity: climate change, freshwater and oceans
SIWI, Source to Sea Action platform

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SIWI at COP22: From Policy to Action

SIWI will be hosting a number of events at COP22 discussing how to move from policy to action. We’re working with stakeholders in business, municipal government and civil society to deliver events that provide proven examples and tools for building water resiliency and climate adaptation.

Download our full programme here:

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Highlighted Events:

Water management for business success and resilience – Nordic Pavilion
SIWI, CDP

Water solutions for resilient cities – Nordic Pavilion
SIWI, City of Stockholm

Capitalizing on water and multi-stakeholder engagement for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement
SIWI, AGWA, CDP, FWP, GWP, INBO, IUCN, UNECE, UNESCO-IHP, WaterAid, World Water Council

Water, a connector for successful NDC implementation
SIWI, GWP, REC

COP21: Prioritizing Water in the Climate Agenda

SIWI attended COP21 to promote the inclusion and prioritization of water within the climate talks. Through several side-events with a variety of stakeholders and the launch of the #ClimateIsWater initiative, water was given a high profile at the conference.

The message that had been repeated again and again by the end of the conference in Paris was that “water is not a sector but a connector”; being at the confluence of climate adaptation and mitigation, water offers solutions for reinforcing strategies between the two. SIWI left the conference feeling energized and ready to start turning policy into action.

SIWI and the #ClimateIsWater initiative key messages

 

Uniting voices for water action

#WaterIsClimate

SIWI, along with the World Water Council, launched the #ClimateIsWater initiative at COP21. This international initiative is an effort to elevate the visibility of water within the UNFCCC climate change discussions by reaching out to the climate community at every level for better consideration of water issues.

SIWI + #ClimateIsWater Key messages:

  • Water connects sectors – from energy and forests to agriculture and tourism, water has a critical role to play in both mitigation and adaptation
  • Climate change impacts water resources first and foremost
  • Women’s lives are the most impacted when facing the adverse effects of climate change, but they are also crucial agents of change
  • Food security, improved nutrition and health will only be achievable if there is water security
  • Sustainable urban water management enables climate resilience in cities
  • Water-wise climate financing is a good investment for all

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

As of 2014, SIWI hosts the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) secretariat and together with the World Bank chairs the steering committee. The intention of the Alliance is to bridge policy and field based activities, making it a great fit with SIWI’s own objectives.

SIWI coordinates the network’s policy group, which consists of like-minded organisations that are particularly engaged in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The policy group members contribute to the AGWA mission and purpose, which includes bridging local climate adaptation and water management practices to the global policy level. The policy group shares knowledge and strengthens cooperation.

In advance of COP23, the policy group prepared two position papers connecting climate with this year’s focal SDGs — 2 (Food) and 11 (Cities) — through the medium of water.

For more information about AGWA visit:  http://alliance4water.org/

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Water is what binds together all the aspects of climate change. Climate change is water change.

Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI

SIWI was invited to host a press conference at COP21 to underscore the importance of including water in the climate agenda. The event was chaired by World Water Council President, Benedito Braga, and featured opening remarks by Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI. Other speakers included Charafat Afailal, Minister Delegate in Charge of Water of the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of Morocco, Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy for France, and Anna Lindstedt, Climate Ambassador for Sweden.

Click here to view the webcast of the event.