The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Public Session on the United Nations World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-Based Solutions for Water

Under the auspices of the EU Bulgarian Presidency, the MEP Water Group and the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO are co-organising a public session on the new United Nation World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2018 ‘Nature-Based Solutions for Water’ on the 22nd of May at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The WWDR2018 demonstrates how nature-based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means to address many of the world’s water challenges, while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development. The main policy messages and findings from the report will be presented during the public session, followed by a high-level panel discussion.
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EU Green Week 2018: Green cities for a greener future

The next edition of EU Green Week will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.

EU Green Week 2018 will include events across Europe, a high level conference in Brussels from 22-24 May 2018, and opening and closing events (21 and 25 May) to take place in the Member States. These high-level opening and closing events will have a particular prominence, setting the tone for the week's debates, and showcasing political conclusions at the end.
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SDG on Water: Business as Usual in Brussels?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 represent a unique opportunity to unify efforts around a shared definition of success and a set of common global goals and pathways to a more sustainable future.

In 2016, countries turn towards implementation of the SDGs and trying to identify priorities and focus joint efforts. The EU is expected to outline its approach towards SDG implementation in June 2016 including its action on reaching SDG6 goal of ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The conference will highlight the importance of the SDGs for the EU to focus on water and its cross-cutting challenges and provide examples of implementation of the SDGs that go beyond business-as-usual and bring about transformational change. Read More...