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Approach for the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

The Marrakech call is loud and clear: nothing can stop global climate action. At the same time, there is universal recognition that if we are to realise the goals of the Paris Agreement, we must all go further and faster in delivering climate action before 2020, enabled by adequate flows of finance, technology and capacity building. The following document provides the way forward through the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.

Approach for the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
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Policy Group's New Briefing Document: Gender Dimension of Water and Climate Change

The AGWA policy group, coordinated by SIWI, has released a new policy brief outlining the gender dimension of water and climate change.

The latest policy brief from AGWA's Policy Group focuses on the importance of coherence between gender-responsive climate policies and the balanced participation of women and men in climate policy dialogue. Women are often made more vulnerable from the adverse impacts of climate change, especially in developing countries. At the same time, women also play a crucial role as change agents for successful adaptation to climate change.

This policy brief, prepared by SIWI and AGWA, is a contribution to the discussions and activities at UNFCCC meetings in order to improve understanding and application of gender and water knowledge in the climate arena. You can find out more on the AGWA Policy Group by visiting our Policy page. Read More...
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Guest Blog | Papal Audience and Watershed Event

This guest blog was written by Maggie White, the SIWI Co-Chair for AGWA and member of the Policy Group. From 21-23 March, Maggie participated in a series of water & policy related events around Rome to coincide with World Water Day.

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In honor of World Water Day on 22 March, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and the Club of Rome co-hosted the “Watershed” conference in Rome (21st-23rd of March). Organized with the support of Circle of Blue, the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, and SIWI (among others), the event offered a highlight moment during Pope Francis’s Papal Audience.

In an unprecedented move, the Pope addressed the importance of raising global awareness on water in front of the 15,000 people who attended. Thousands more were able to watch the live-streamed event online through various social media outlets and hear his position on the importance of water as a “treasure belonging to everyone, mindful of its cultural and religious significance,” a treasure which should be preserved and shared by all in joint collaboration. The Pope also thanked the participants of the Watershed event for their endeavors.

It can be said that water is a high priority for the Pope. After the publication of his work ‘Laudato’ where he advocates the need to protect our planet, its resources and addresses climate issues, he took a strong stance at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) during the adoption of the 2030 SDG Agenda. Furthermore, earlier this year in February, the Vatican also co-hosted another high level conference on the human right to water and sanitation.

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Policy Group's New Briefing Document: Water a success factor for implementing the Paris Agreement

The AGWA policy group, coordinated by SIWI, has released a new policy brief outlining successful steps towards implementation of the Paris Agreement.

One of the keys to fulfill the goals set in the Paris Agreement will be wise water management. Water was on the agenda at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh (COP22), and its key role in strengthening resilience to climate change cannot be overstated. The role of water holds great potential for synergies in adaptation and mitigation, as illustrated in the priorities outlined in the national climate plans. In this policy brief, developed by members of the AGWA policy group, recommendations on how water can inform the implementation of the Paris Agreement, illustrated through its role in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are presented.

You can find out more on the AGWA Policy Group by visiting our Policy page.
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Special Issue of the Journal "International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics"

We would like to draw your attention to “Managing fragmentation and complexity in the emerging system of international climate finance", a special issue of the journal International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics. The special issue, edited by Jonathan Pickering, Carola Betzold and Jakob Skovgaard, focuses on mapping the fragmented climate finance system, analysing the causes and consequences of fragmentation and discussing policy responses. This is done through in-depth articles covering topics including the allocation and ambiguity of adaptation finance, mobilising private adaptation finance, and exploring the role of Multilateral Development Banks, finance ministries and domestic party politics in climate finance allocation and negotiations. The introduction and a few other articles are open access (see below).

The authors' post on the INOGOV blog provides more explanation of the post-US election state of affairs of the climate finance system and of the contributions of the special issue.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 3

The final installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part three explores the period from the most recent global climate policy conference to the present day, with speculation about where we may see water and climate policy headed into the future.
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Papers on Water Diplomacy and Transboundary River Management

Adelphi has published a series of studies and reports on the role, challenges and opportunities of water diplomacy and trans-boundary river cooperation in light of climate change. They are free for download.

Adelphi is an independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. Their mission is to improve global governance through research, dialogue and consultation.
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 2

The second installment in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. Part two also tells the story of AGWA's creation.
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OOSKAnews Voices | We'll Always Have Paris (and Marrakech): Implementing a Water and Climate Action Agenda

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and Coordinator for AGWA, describes the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The article focuses on the role of NDCs and the vital role of Morocco's COP22 in bringing water into the UNFCCC mechanisms.

"In the 1942 film Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart looked deeply into the eyes of Ingrid Bergman before she boarded a plane in World War II Morocco, telling her, 'We’ll always have Paris.'

Bogart and Bergman were not at the Marrakesh UNFCCC CoP22 last November, nor was Humphrey referring to the 2015 Paris Agreement. But since the Moroccan COP, I keep thinking that, for better or worse, the water community will always have Paris..."
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Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress | Part 1

The first in a series of three articles on water and climate change policy has just been released by Global Water Forum. The three-part series is written by a group of AGWA members including the Co-Chairs, Coordinator, and Policy Group members. The articles will examine the co-evolution of water and climate change policy over the past 20 years. No matter what your level of policy knowledge is, this article is definitely worth your time.
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NAP Global Network offers targeted technical support, and other news

The NAP Global Network is working to coordinate climate-resilient development on an international level. It aims to enhance national adaptation planning and action in developing countries through coordination of bilateral support and in-country actors. It also offers technical advice on the NAP process.

The network is still seeking participants, which consist of decision-makers and practitioners working on national adaptation planning in developing countries, as well as representatives of bilateral development partners providing support for adaptation. Participation in the NAP Global Network is open to all. Read More...
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OOSKAnews Voice | Rain in the Desert - Merging Climate and Water Policies at Morocco’s COP22

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, describes the importance of next month's COP22 conference to water.

"The Paris Agreement — the most significant climate framework since the founding of the UNFCCC — does not mention water at all, but the Paris Agreement may also be the most significant water agreement in human history. How does a policy framework that lacks any mention of water affect water management? The answer shows the gap between the climate policy world and the water world..." Read More...
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New Video - Climate Is Water at COP21

The video team at Arup have created another amazing video for AGWA, this time focusing on the importance of water in climate adaptation. The video is part of the international #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Watch the video below to find out how talking about climate means talking about water!

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Video - FreshWater Watch Program and Citizen Science

During World Water Week in Stockholm, AGWA Steering Committee member Christine Chan took some time to interview Steven Loiselle, Senior Freshwater Research Manager for FreshWater Watch. The two discussed the citizen science approach utilized by FreshWater Watch and how it relates to similar bottom-up approaches supported by AGWA. Dr. Loiselle explains some of the benefits of citizen science, including how it can help bridge the gap between science and policy. You can watch the full interview in the video below.
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