GWP at COP21 – Urging Parties to Act on Water

GWP is participating in the UNFCCC COP21 conference taking place in Paris, France from 30 November until 11 December. Funding for water resources management and future financing mechanisms are two of the topics that GWP will speak up for at the gathering.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual meeting that brings together the 196 countries within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year’s session, COP21, is crucial because the pressure is rising for a new global climate agreement.

Last year at COP20 in Lima, Peru, GWP promoted the importance of urban water management in a successful side event, and water management in the context of South-South cooperation was raised at another event. Promoting South-South collaboration continues to be one of GWP’s objectives at COP21.

This year GWP representatives urge governments to:

  • call for investments in water resources management by the Green Climate Fund
  • access innovative finance mechanisms for climate resilience and water security
  • fulfil the commitments to the Least Developed Countries Fund to ensure project implementation

GWP activities at the COP21 include an event around the so-called Lima-Paris Action Agenda. This consist of a half day on ‘Water and Adaptation to Climate Change’ under Resilience on Wednesday 2 December. "Water declarations” will be made by basins, business, civil society (youth commitment), and local governments.

On the same day there is also an climate finance and investment planning event for Africa, and a High Level Panel on Water and Climate Change in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, the joint GWP/WMO Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) team will participate in the event “Faire face aux grandes sécheresses liées au changement climatique”

On Tuesday 8 December at 10 a.m. local time, GWP and partners hold a press conference for COP21 delegates. This event will be webcast live on the UNFCCC website and available later on demand - update 8 December: the recording of the live stream is available here.

Top photo: GWP Technical Committee Member Prof. Nicole Bernex meets Al Gore on the first day of COP21