The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

UN Climate Change Conference | Marrakech COP22/CMP12
The 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will be held in Marrakech, November 7 to 18, 2016.

At COP 21 in Paris, Parties to the UNFCCC reached a milestone agreement to combat climate change. Many parties to the Convention have already ratified and the threshold for entry into force was reached on October 5th. At the COP22, implementation and action will be in focus. Work plans and modalities will be initiated, related to climate finance, adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building, loss and damage, and other important areas. More details can be found on the official event website at

AGWA's Policy Group will be represented throughout the conference. Interested in finding out what our Policy Group will be pushing for at COP22? Check out the Policy page or take a look at the following documents:
Members of the Policy Group have also prepared the following documents in preparation for the COP:
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COP21 in Paris was “a historical turning point, a diplomatic success, it was a COP of decisions. COP22 will be the conference of implementation.”
Abdeladim Lhafi, High Commissioner for the upcoming COP22
Below we are listing the events that include contributions from the Policy Group. A list of official side events and exhibits in the accredited UFCCC Blue Zone can be found at

Water Management for Business Success and Climate Resilience

Implementing the Paris agreement will require coordinated multistakeholder action. National targets outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will be applied through local and national action. Many private sector actors sector have ambitious objectives to achieve climate resilience. These should be factored into climate strategies. The private sector will be an important contributor and executer of adaptation and mitigation plans, and business leader’s initiatives can complement public climate plans and contribute with higher set ambitions. This event will showcase successful examples of companies increasing their resilience while maintaining and indeed enhancing competitive advantage.

When: Tuesday 8 November; 10:30-12:00
Venue: Nordic Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Organizers: SIWI, CDP

Human Water Security, Health and Climate Change

This session is designed to help ensure human water security and public health are central to ongoing climate change discussions – particularly as key decisions regard- ing implementation of the Paris Agreement are being made. The session will facilitate a high-level dialogue on emerging water and climate challenges, as well as known technical and policy responses that can e ectively address these challenges. New and necessary connections between climate change, health and water practitioners will be forged.

The session also aims to garner support for a new alliance under the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) focusing on human water security, public health and cli- mate change. The alliance will be considered by a number of key UN agencies, multi- lateral development banks and non-government organisations, as well as being actively discussed with the audience.

When: Tuesday 8 November; 15:00-16:30
Venue: Sebou Room (Room 9); Moroccan Green Zone
Organizer: WaterAid
Co-Convenors: AGWA, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, DfID (UK), and the #ClimateIsWater Initiative

Improve Stakeholder Engagement in Decision Making to Combat Extreme Flood and Drought Impacts of Climate Change

This event aims to reinforce the capacity of policy-makers, negotiators and water management stakeholders to develop policies to address climate change adaptation to water-related disasters. Speakers will share and disseminate insights from the scientific community, develop a set of key recommendations on policy development for climate change adaptation and water related disasters, and develop broad stakeholder engagement in adaptation action (through the integration of citizen science).

When: Tuesday 8 November; 19:00-21:00
Venue: Sebou Room (Room 9); Moroccan Green Zone
Organizers: UNESCO-IHP, IWA
: SIWI, World Water Council (WWC), Eau Vive

Climate Change and Water Quality: Connecting the Science-Policy Interface

The event aims to promote more attention on water quality in the climate agenda by providing a platform for science-policy discussions on climate change impacts on water quality and the policy responses needed. The event is a follow up to science-policy discussions and events organized by the UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) on the topic at COP21 in Paris, 2016 Stockholm World Water Week and UNESCO Symposium on Climate change and water quality (Melbourne, 2011).

When: Wednesday 9 November; 14:00-14:40
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion (C103); Green Zone
Organizers: OECD and UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ)

Water resource preservation within the context of Climate Change

This event aims to help understand the vulnerability of water resources, as they face climate change and the complexity of their impacts on the ecosystems, in order to secure water supply. Speakers will present adaptation measures related to water sector and the initiatives which were launched at the international, continental and national level. They will also aim to share concrete solutions related to the integrated and sustainable water management within a company, by emphasizing the importance of innovation, the role of a circular economy, the monitoring of water and the set-up of appropriate financial mechanisms.

When: Thursday 10 November; 10:00-12:30
Venue: Green Zone
Organizer: OCP Group (Morocco)

From the Paris Agreement to Policy Implementation on the Ground: Focus on Water

This event aims to underline the key role of water in the fight against climate change, at the global and local levels; foster countries’ practical implementation of the Paris Agreement through the sharing of experiences (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, National Climate Change Adaptation Plans, national and local development plans, local initiatives); hold public discussions on the issues and challenges associated with integrating water and the climate into public policies and propose solutions; and highlight ways in which government and non-governmental actors can complement each other in their efforts to tackle climate change and implement the Paris Agreement, particularly within the water sector.

When: Friday 11 November; 13:00-14:30
Venue: Moulouya Room; Green Zone
Organizer: Coalition Eau (France)
Co-Convenor: City of Dakar, Sénégal
International Partners: ARENE Ile-de-France, Moroccan Ministry of Water, DEMI-E, City of Boghé, Mauritania, French Agency for Development, GRET, Réseau Climat Développement, WaterAid

Water, a Connector for Successful NDC Implementation

This event aims to advance the dialogue on the role of water resilience in achieving NDC implementation and how to enhance climate-resilient investment in water. Speakers will also showcase opportunities and challenges for implementation of national climate plans, accessing climate finance and utilizing the support. A flyer for the event with more information and an agenda is available here, or you can read about it on SIWI's website.

When: Thursday 17 November; 15:00-16:30
Venue: Mediterranean (300) - Side Events & Exhibits Hall
Organizers: SIWI, AGWA, GWP, and Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)

Water Solutions for Climate Resilient Cities

Cities are a driving force in the global economy. They are now accounting for more than 50 per cent of the global population and generate approximately 80 per cent of the world’s GDP. It is apparent that cities are major hubs for economic and social innovations and opportunities. But growing cities also comes with social and environmental challenges including growing demands for water, sanitation energy food and infrastructure. The event will highlight climate impact related challenges facing cities and megacities, presenting water wise initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts and illustrate measures to increase cities adaptive capacities.

When: Tuesday 8 November; 13:15-14:45
Venue: Nordic Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Organizers: SIWI, City of Stockholm

Capitalizing on Water and Multistakeholder Engagement for Successful Implementation of the Paris Agreement

The objective of the session is to create new linkages between water and climate ministries, decision-makers, practitioners and non-state actors to support the achievement of NDCs and the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

This session is designed to bring together the water and other relevant communities to advance a dialogue on the role of water resilience in realizing the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. The event aims to showcase the opportunities and challenges that exist for successful implementation of NDCs and their articulation with NAP’s, access to climate finance and utilizing the support from non-state parties through the GCAA. A more detailed program is available here.

When: Tuesday 8 November; 17:00-18:30
Venue: Moulouya Room; Green Zone
Organizer: SIWI
Co-Convenors: AGWA, CDP, FWP, GWP, INBO, IUCN, UNECE, UNESCO-IHP, WaterAid, World Water Council

Global Climate Action Agenda Day on Water

This water action day will be dedicated to the water sector, to discuss the relationship between water issues and climate change-positioning and to raise its profile in the relevant negotiations. It will begin with a "Showcase" segment in the morning that includes three panel events. The afternoon will center on a "Dialogue" segment that includes four roundtable events.

The Water Day has several objectives:
  • Launch new water initiatives: “Water for Africa“, “The Parliamentary initiative”, and “The Delta Coalition”;
  • Provide an update on water related initiatives launched earlier;
  • Submit a new proposal to the UNFCCC, bringing new engagements and improving the existing financial mechanisms; and,
  • Enable dialogue between the Parties and the Non Parties around various topics related to water and climate change.

A full program of events can be found here.

When: Wednesday 9 November; 10:00-12:30, 13:30-16:00
Venue: Blue Zone
Organizers: Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA), Moroccan Ministry of Water, INBO, WWC

Hydro-Climate Services for All

The side event aims to bridge the gap between the producers and users of hydro-climate services, between water and climate communities, science and policy-makers and negotiators. It will demonstrate how water is a connector; central for implementing the Paris Agreement, climate finance, INDCs among others.

When: Wednesday 9 November; 18:30-20:00
Venue: Observer Room 6; Blue Zone
Organizers: UN Water and partners

The WEF Nexus Approach in the MENA Region - A road to climate adaptation and mitigation in policy making, science and practical implementation

The objective of the side event is to gather feedback from policy, science and practitioners on how the WEF Nexus concepts can contribute to implement the Paris Agreement. This session will help identify policy entry points and concrete actions considering climate finance requirements, which also support NDC implementation.

When: Thursday 10 November; 12:30-14:00
Venue: Blue Zone
Organizers: GiZ, SEI, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), EU Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), GFA Consulting Group

Financing Climate-Resilient & Low Carbon Urban Water & Waste Management in Emerging Cities

This side event will address current bottlenecks and opportunities for cities to deliver climate-resilient, low-carbon water and waste services in emerging economies. Both the water and waste sector provide attractive opportunities for cities to take action in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to help meet the UN Climate targets and other sustainable development goals. Making the most of these opportunities, and of the synergies of the two sectors, requires a shift in policies, regulations, financing and planning approaches that fully embrace their positive contribution to low-carbon cities. The development of a project pipeline for investments will require creditworthy cities and service providers to make informed decisions about financing options, preparing bankable projects that deliver value and contribute towards emissions reductions and resiliency measures that enable the implementation of the Paris Agreement. A live stream will be available here.

When: Thursday 17 November; 11:30-13:00
Venue: Observer Room 6; Blue Zone
Organizers: IWA, OECD, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)