High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: UNESCO-IHP "Side Event on Climate Services for Sustainable Water Management"
The International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO in collaboration with WMO will organize the side event "Climate Services for Sustainable Water Management" on 15 July within the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 in New York, USA.
Already manifested shifts in seasonal rainfall, increasing climate variability and their impact on water resources availability are likely to be exacerbated by climate change impacts, particularly increases in extreme events such as floods and droughts.
This will likely produce far-reaching repercussions for food production, health, energy, water supply, biodiversity, etc. It will affect people, ecosystems and socio-economic development, potentially jeopardizing many of the efforts at global to national level to achieve sustainable development goals (SDG).
Climate Services are critical in supporting the achievement of the water-related SDGs. For example, floods are the most widespread of natural disasters and droughts represent one of the greatest threats to food security. Both floods and droughts impact on water access and sanitation through damage to key infrastructure and services. Enhancing access to climate services empowers and leads water managers and communities to pursue sustainable management.
This event brings together experts, policy makers and practitioners to discuss advances and challenges in the use of data, technological and scientific advances in support of implementation and monitoring of water-related SDGs. The event will start with brief keynote statements, followed by a panel discussion, where participants from the floor will have the opportunity to engage the panellists with questions or comments.