The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar Series: Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management

The concluding Water Innovation Webinars session this year will focus on Green Infrastructure (GI) in support of SDGs and climate resilience. Presenters from IUCN, Forest Trends and DHI will share their experiences in GI planning and implementation. Amongst others, examples will include inter-disciplinary knowledge, tools and approaches to ensure that nature is considered alongside built infrastructure, methods for evaluating economic benefits of GI investments, and technical tools for including GI in urban stormwater management planning. Read More...

SDGs and Water – Innovative approaches to capacity building to achieve the targets

These Water Webinar series are targeted at water practitioners of all levels, including policy-makers, technical staff and water educators. The aim of these series of webinars is to give an insight to the role that innovative approaches can play in supporting the achievement of SDGs in a number of ways, underlining the need for, and opportunities in integrated approaches to water management.

Throughout the series, the presenters will address a broad range of aspects – from water education, to emerging possibilities in water data collection, to technical tools and planning with nature. Topics of the upcoming sessions will, amongst others, cover using Earth Observations for improved water data, Serious Games in water education, modelling tools for managing floods and droughts, tools for development of Smart Cities, and Green infrastructure solutions for climate change adaptation. Read More...

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...

Approaching the SDGs through Innovation in Water Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with THE ACADEMY is launching a series of webinars focusing on innovative approaches in water management relevant to closing the gap on targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the SDG6 on Water and Sanitation.

This session will focus on the role the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will play in shaping water management practices in the decades to come. Presenters will introduce targets (and proposed indicators) under the Water and Sanitation Goal 6, and will reflect on the interlinkages between Goal 6 and other SDGs. In addition, this session will address the means of implementation, including data collection and capacity building needs in countries. The concluding presentation will have a closer look at the regional processes, through the example of The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) Monitoring and Reporting System for the Water Sector in Africa. Read More...

Building a Resilient Future through Water - Connecting the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

A side event on the occasion of the UNGA High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, 21-22 April

Organized by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), in partnership with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the objective of the event is to present and discuss possible strategies for strengthening climate resilience through effective and sustainable water resources management and how the Paris Agreement and the SDGs can be implemented in a coordinated way with water as a useful connector. The UN Deputy Secretary General, H.E. Jan Eliasson, will be delivering a keynote speech.

All are invited to this event, which is set to take place on April 20 at the UN Headquarters in New York.


This post will be updated as more details are finalized. Check back soon.

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IIASA/USNMO Global Sustainability Seminar

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the National Academy of Sciences US Committee for IIASA, and the Embassy of Austria are hosting a symposium on International Scientific Cooperation for Global Sustainability: 3 Topics (see below).

Topic I: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Developing Pathways, Assessing Policies, and Measuring Progress
Topic II: Arctic Changes, Arctic Visions: Informing policies for the Arctic future we want
Topic III: Global Climate, Ecosystem Services, and Biological Sequestration Read More...