Launch of the publication “Water, Megacities and Global Change” at Habitat III
In 2015, the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (UNESCO-IHP), ARCEAU-IdF (The Alliance of Water Stakeholders from the Paris Region) and ICLEI (Global Association of Local Governments Addressing Sustainability) organized the International Conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in parallel to COP 21. The conference brought together 388 scientists, public and private operators, elected officials, and representatives of international institutions and NGOs from 20 countries that had the opportunity to exchange knowledge on a variety of issues challenging the development of Megacities. The Conference launched the Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate which aims at enhancing experience sharing and capacity building between megacities for climate change adaptation through setting up a world-wide cooperation platform for the improvement of dialogue on adapting to or mitigating the effects of climate change related to water in megacities.
The publication titled “Water, Megacities and Global Change: Portraits of 15 Emblematic Cities of the World” is the outcome of the International Conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change” and represents the collective work of 33 authors and co-authors. It contains summaries of monographs on water management in 15 emblematic megacities: Beijing, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo.
This publication will be launched during Habitat III on Tuesday 18 October at the Urban Library of the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Benjamin Carrion, in Quito, Ecuador, and in partnership with ICLEI, ARCEAU-IdF and SIAAP (the Greater Paris Sanitation Authority).