Water and Climate Day - COP22

An entire day will be dedicated to Water & Climate during the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, on 9 November 2016. On this occasion, UNESCO’s water-related programmes, led by its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), are organizing a series of events at the UNESCO pavilion in the Civil Society Area (Green Zone) and at various other venues to engage with different stakeholders to collectively address climate change. UNESCO’s main events focusing on water are listed below.


08 November 2016




Fostering SDG#8: Innovative Job Creation and Young Water Professionals Role
Venue: Room Tensift - Civil Society Area (Green Zone)
Conveners: UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme; Centre of Hydrometeorology, WWAP, FREEWAT, HOPE-Initiative, ECHN-IAH, IAH, UN-Habitat, USGS, WRC.

Background: By 2019, more than 212 million people will be out of work . The employment situation remains difficult in many economies. The ILO has previously forecasted a global unemployment rate of 5.9% this year and next, compared to 5.5% before the global financial crisis in 2007. It's jobs market outlook is warning about rising inequality and the risks the pattern poses for economic growth and political stability which at the end impacts on global migration flows, as people have historically left places with harsh or deteriorating conditions.
See programme (pdf)

Contact: y.filali-meknassi@unesco.org


Scientific knowledge on water and climate for smart planning and decision-making
Venue: Room Oum Errabia - Cvil Society (Green Zone)

Objectives: Outline scientific knowledge needs to better understand, assess and anticipate the resilience of systems, ecosystems, and hydro-systems to climate change; provide recommendations for knowledge development in order to reduce climate uncertainty and take smart science-based decisions for water management.
See programme (pdf)

Contact: a.mishra@unesco.org;  b.avila@unesco.org


Capitalizing on water and multi stakeholder engagement for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement
Venue: Room Moulouya – Civil Society (Green Zone)
Organizers: SIWI, AGWA, #ClimateIsWater
International Partner: UNESCO-IHP

This session is designed to bring together the water and other relevant communities to advance a dialogue on the role of water resilience in realizing the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. UNESCO-IHP is to provide input for the Megacities Alliance for Water Under Climate Change.
See programme (pdf)

Contact: a.makarigakis@unesco.org


Improve stakeholder engagement in decision making to combat extreme flood and drought impacts of climate change
Venue: Room 9 /Room Sébou - Civil Society Area (Green Zone)
Organizers: UNESCO-IHP, International Water Association (IWA). Co-organizers: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Council (WWC).

Expected outcomes: To reinforce the capacity of policy-makers, negotiators and water management stakeholders to develop policies to address climate change adaptation to water-related disasters.
See programme (pdf)

Contact: a.mishra@unesco.org;  b.avila@unesco.org


09 November 2016




Opening of the thematic day on Water & Climate at the UNESCO Pavilion
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

Presentation of The Water Rooms: a journey to discover, understand and change.

Contact: l.minelli@unesco.org; United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)


Global Climate Action Agenda Water Event: showcase (Opening)
Venue : Blue Zone

Speakers: Abdeladim LHAFI, Commissioner of COP22; Hakima EL HAITE, Morocco’s High Level Champion for the climate, or Laurence TUBIANA, Champion Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiation, France; Charafat AFAILAL, Minister delegate in charge of water, Government of Morocco; Ségolène ROYAL, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Government of France; Irina BOKOVA, General Director UNESCO; Benedito BRAGA, President of the World Water Council.
Programme (pdf)

Presentation of the “Blue Book on Water and Climate” by Abdeslam ZIYAD, Director of Water Research and Planning.
Contact: a.makarigakis@unesco.org


Stakeholder-Engagement in Flash flood Risk Reduction (CAI)
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

Presentation and discussion of case-studies from four Arab States, development in the framework of the JAPAN-UNESCO flash flood project in the Arab Region.

Contact: b.imam@unesco.orgUNESCO Cairo Office


Launch of the iRain App: Use of earth observatories and citizen science
Venue : UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

The iRain Application is the first global, real-time, crowd-sourced rainfall observation system. It integrates citizen science in the production of new data and is expected to develop broad stakeholder engagement in adaptation action. Speakers include Mr Robert Petrowsky, Director of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources (IWR); Dr Phu Nguyen Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (University of California, Irvine); ICIWaRM.

See programme (pdf) | See iRain Mobile App tutorial (pdf) | Download iRain Mobile App

Contacts: a.mishra@unesco.orgb.avila@unesco.org


Global Climate Action Agenda Water Event: showcase (continued)
Progress made in the initiatives launched during COP21

Venue: Blue Zone

Moderator: Jean-François DONZIER, Permanent Technical Secretary, INBO
Speaker(s): Christian FRIIS BACH, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe; Angel SIMON, on behalf of the Business Alliance for Water and Climate; Flavia SCHLEGEL, Deputy Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO; Dogan ALTINBILEK, Vice-President of the World Water Council
Programme (pdf)

Contact: a.makarigakis@unesco.org


Fostering Innovative Job Creation: The HOPE-Initiative
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

UNESCO’s open source software platform of experts on hydrology, the HOPE Initiative, aims to assist African water authorities, teachers, university lecturers and researchers to elaborate water management models.

Contact: y.filali-meknassi@unesco.org


 BREAK - The Water Rooms


Open source and free software for water resource management: The H2020 FREEWAT platform
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone civil society area

Moderator:  Rudy Rossetto (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Italy)
Speaker(s): – Rotman Criollo (CSIC – Spain)

FREEWAT (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management) is a EU HORIZON 2020 project aiming at promoting the application of EU water-related Directives by means of an open source and public domain, GIS-integrated solution for planning and management of surface- and ground-water resources, along with dedicated participatory approach.

Contact: r.rossetto@sssup.it


Youth and water governance
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone, civil society area

Introduction and moderation: Asma Bachick, President, World Youth Parliament for Water
Youth involvement on Water and Climate:

  • Agatha Tomassi Lopes, Brasil: Youth involvement in the Road to Brasil
  • Vivien Deloge, France: Youth for Water and Climate Initiative
  • Léa Basterrechea, Switzerland: Youth projects for risk management related to water in Europe

Discussion: How to create a coherent movement by strengthening synergies between various actions.
Contact: n.webley@unesco.org


Global Climate Action Agenda Water Dialogue Showcase (continued) : Dialogue
Venue: Blue Zone
Programme (pdf)

Contact: a.makarigakis@unesco.org


Climate change and water quality: Connecting the science-policy interface
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

Moderator:  Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa
Speaker(s): Ministry of Water, Morocco, IIWQ water quality expert, local NGO representative.

This event is a follow up to science-policy discussions and events organized by the UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) on the topic at COP21 in Paris, 2016 Stockholm World Water Week and UNESCO Symposium on Climate change and water quality. UNESCO-IHP's International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) aims to promote scientific collaboration to address water quality issues in a holistic manner through joint research activities, knowledge generation and dissemination, and sharing of effective solutions, technologies, policy approaches and best practices. Speakers will include a representative of the Moroccan Ministry of Water, local NGOs and water experts.

See programme (pdf)

Contact: s.zandaryaa@unesco.org


Water, Gender and Climate Change
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

This session will provide and opportunity to examine the latest developments in the integration of the gender dimension in public policies, and to present concrete examples: sustainable sanitation and adaptation to climate change in Dayet Ifrah, and methodologies for gender baselines in Ifrane and Tinghir.

Contact: Dr Asma El Kasmi and Nour el Houda El Hamoumi, Association Africaine de l’eau


Mainstreaming Climate Change in Water Resources Management Strategies and Action Plans
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

A Manual on Climate Change Mainstreaming in Water Resources Management Strategies and Action Plans, developped by UNESCO's Cairo Office together with the Arab Water Council and GIZ will be presented by the Executive Secretary if the Arab Water Council, Hussein El-Afty, followed by a panel discussion.

Contact: b.imam@unesco.org: UNESCO Cairo Office


Signing of the declaration between the Megacities Alliance, RIOB and the Business Alliance
Venue: French Pavillion, Blue Zone

Contact: a.makarigakis@unesco.org


Regional Non-Conventional Water Resources Initiative
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

Presentation of policy briefs concerning various aspects of Non-Conventional Water Resources Initiative and their role in addressing water scarcity under climate change, particularly in Arab Region Context.

Contact: b.imam@unesco.orgUNESCO Cairo Office


Side Event: La resilience climatique: quelles solutions pour la gestion des risques en Afrique?
Venue: Blue Zone


Megacities and Water under Climate Change
Venue: UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone
Organizers : UNESCO-IHP; Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI); SIIAP; ARCEAU Île-de-France

Megacities are exposed to extreme risks in terms of the negative impacts of climate change on water and sanitation infrastructure and services. UNESCO has formed an alliance with strategic partners to create an International Platform for Cooperation to facilitate a dialogue on water, though which Megacities will learn from each other’s experience, exchange best practices, partner with appropriate technical, academic, and financial institutions, as well as design and implement their individual responses to the challenges of climate change. The publication “Water, Megacities and Global Change” will be presented during this session.

Contacts:a.makarigakis@unesco.org; b.nguyen@unesco.orgUNESCO-IHP


Gender as a management tool for the sustainability of drinking water in villages

Moderator: Arnaud Kouassi


UN-WATER: Hydro-Climate Services for All
Venue: Mediterranean room (300), Blue Zone

The side event aims to bridge the gap between the producers and users of hydro-climate services, between water and climate communities, science and policy-makers and negotiators. It will demonstrate how water is a connector; central for implementing the Paris Agreement, climate finance, INDCs among others.

See programme (pdf)

Contact: a.mishra@unesco.org

18:40 Closing of the Water and Climate Day

Overall coordination UNESCO-IHP: Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, Youssef Filali-Meknassi