Thematic Day on Water and Climate Change at COP22
The 2016 UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) is taking place a few days after the entry in to force of the Paris Agreement on Climate. UNESCO’s water-related programmes are fully committed to contribute to the success of the agreement’s Action Agenda, especially given the importance of sustainable water resources management to implement the Paris Agreement.
UNESCO’s International Hydological Programme (IHP) is organizing a series of events during COP22 to provide information and technical resources about its work on water and climate change. Special attention will be given to the use of new technologies to support stakeholder’s engagement in tackling impacts of climate change in water resources.
For instance, the first global real-time crowd-sourced rainfall observation system, the IRain application, will be launched at the UNESCO pavilion, and a session will focus on UNESCO’s open source software platform of experts on hydrology, the HOPE Initiative.
In addition to a full day dedicated to water and climate change at the UNESCO pavilion (Green Zone) on 9 November, IHP is organizing or contributing to events in the Blue Zone on 8 and 9 November.
UNESCO’s water family operates as a global network that works together to implement the organization’s strategic goals through international scientific programmes (UNESCO-IHP and the World Water Assessment Programme), the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, expert networks, water-related institutes, centres and chairs around the world.