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GWP at COP25

The 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, will take place on 2-13 December, in Madrid, Spain. The conference is being held under the presidency of the Chilean government. GWP is an accredited IGO observer and will bring new water insights to the climate agenda.

One of GWP’s key activities at last year’s climate conference – COP24 in Katowice, Poland – was the launch of an emerging insights report "Preparing to Adapt: The Untold Story of Water in Climate Change Adaptation" – which is an analysis of 80 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) from a water perspective. Building on this work, GWP will introduce a new paper at COP25 with deeper insights into 15 countries on four continents, documenting and analysing the extent to which their climate and sustainable development agendas are able to use water resources management to support climate-resilient, sustainable development. The launch of this paper will take place on Saturday 7 December, 13:30-14:30 local time in the NDC Partnership Pavilion. The topic of the event is: "The Untold Story of Water in Climate Adaptation". 

Another publication that will be launched – Mobilising Change Makers – is a collection of ten impact stories that illustrate GWP’s water and climate resilience outcomes from 2011 to 2019. The publication gives an overview of changes that have improved livelihoods and made communities more climate resilient. Details of time and place for this launch to be confirmed.

Showcasing successful initiatives

In addition to the new publications, GWP will present the Project Preparation Partnership for Climate Resilient Water Projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This initiative emerges from a workshop in Panama in September 2019, where 23 countries discussed potential GCF water project ideas, with technical inputs from the GCF, the World Meteorological Organization, and with support from continental partners – the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC). This is a continuation of an overall initiative to promote access to climate finance for transformative resilience-building water investments that was already introduced in Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean.

This initiative will be showcased on Monday 9 December, 13:00-14:30 local time at a capacity building event hosted by the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB), with GWP and the Adaptation Fund - as well as more in depth on Wednesday 11 December, 15:00-16:30 local time, at a  technical GWP side event on continental/regional project preparation partnerships for climate resilient water projects.

More confirmed events

Tuesday 3 December, 09:00-10:00 local time at the NDC Partnership Pavilion. A joint GWP-AGWA event: "Watering the NDCs: Water-smart climate policies for improving NDC ambition and outcomes" - showcasing technical tools and guiding frameworks for climate action via water. This event will be streamed live on the NDC Partnership Facebook page.

Monday 9 December, 16:30 – 18:30 local time at the EU Pavilion. GWP Central and Eastern Europe is organising a Meet the Expert Session: Youth Voices Policy Choicespresenting the outcomes from 8 national dialogues between young water professionals and decision-makers in 8 European countries.

Tuesday 10 December, 16:45 – 18:15 local time, GWP is co-organising a UN-Water Side Event on "Climate-resilient Water Management Approaches".

On 9-10 December  GWP will also have a booth at the venue - no. 27 - where information about GWP is available, and on Wednesday 11 December, 10:30-11:00 local time, GWP will hold a COP25 press conference. The topic is “NDCs and SDGs: water as a connector to increase ambitions and accelerate implementation", and it will be broadcast live (a link will be shared closer to the event).

Photo: Official logo of COP25.