GWP Speaks on COVID-19 Climate Platform

The Japanese Government, in cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), launched an online platform for sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19. Non-state actors were invited to contribute video messages – with GWP Chair Howard Bamsey stressing that water is at the heart of climate change adaptation.

The website “Platform for Redesign 2020” contains climate and environmental policies by countries, as well as other resources in the context of the pandemic, aiming to build a global momentum toward COP26 in 2021. Building on the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue and the UNFCCC’s June Momentum for Climate Changethe new platform showcases information on policies and actions taken by national governments to contribute to a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19. It features messages from national leaders and ministers from the Online Ministerial Meeting on 3 September 2020, where they exchanged views on climate and other environmental measures relevant to the pandemic. 

GWP was among the non-state stakeholders invited to show their support for the initiative through video messages. In his message, GWP Chair Howard Bamsey said that he’s convinced that a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 must prioritize action in favour of water resource management within the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) revision process, pursuing the opportunity to build back better in the context of a green recovery. 

Bamsey also highlighted some of GWP’s efforts to contribute to the recovery process: GWP has been actively bringing together the water and climate agendas as a member of the NDC Partnership and in its role as a Green Climate Fund Readiness Delivery Partner."

After successfully concluding with GCF a 2.2-million-dollar proposal for Zambia to develop its National Adaptation Plan, GWP will be carrying out virtual workshops in 30 countries around the world to further explore how to access financing to improve climate resilience in the new era of COVID.

Watch the full statement: 

The Platform for Redesign 2020 is an initiative led by the Ministry of the Environment Japan, supported by the UNFCCC, and managed by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).  The top photo copyright: