Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate Change at COP22

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 9 November 2016 -
11:25am to 12:15pm
Where: 
Morocco, Marrakech
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Alexandros Makarigakis (a.makarigakis@unesco.org)

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.
Showcase Session - Panel 3: Progress made in the initiatives launched during COP21

This panel will be dedicated to the presentation of the progress registered on the implementation of water-related initiatives in Paris.
• “Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers" which aims to promote the resilience of basins to climate change through capacity building, adaptation of planning and basin management to climate change, strengthening governance and adequate funding;
• "Business Alliance for Water and Climate” launched to ensure the commitment of companies to measure and reduce their water footprint and promote the role of the private sector in the actions of adaptation to climate change;
• “Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate” who aims to promote the role of cities and megacities in the adaptation to climate change through the adoption of integrated urban water management measures;
• “#ClimateIsWater Initiative” aims to mobilize the international water community in order to consider water at center of the international negotiations on climate change.

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 COP22 on Wednesday 9 November at the UNESCO Pavilion in the Green Zone of COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, and in partnership with ICLEI, ARCEAU-IdF and SIAAP (the Greater Paris Sanitation Authority).

The showcase sessions will be followed by the signature of a Marrakech declaration at the French Pavilion.