World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change
Starting from the 24th of March, UNESCO's Cluster Office for the Caribbean, through its social media platforms, will give an overview of the main findings and key messages of the WWDR 2020. Mr. Massimiliano Lombardo, Programme Specialist in Natural Sciences, will comment on how such findings and messages relate to the water and climate situation in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The scientific evidence is clear:
the climate is changing and will continue to change, causing severe impacts on the use of water resources by human societies and communities all over the world.
Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water for basic human needs and threaten the effective enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation for potentially billions of people. Changes in the water cycle will also pose risks to energy production, food security, human health, economic development and poverty reduction, thus seriously jeopardizing the achievement of sustainable development objectives.
Increasing scientific evidence and natural disasters demonstrate that water and climate change are inextricably linked. Aiming to raise global awareness and promote impactful action on these issues, the United Nations (UN) will launch the 2020 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020), entitled “Water and Climate Change” on 23 March on the occasion of the World Water Day 2020.
The WWDR 2020 addresses the critical linkages between water and climate change in the context of the broader sustainable development agenda. It focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change – in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience – that can be addressed by enhancing water resources management. The Report indicates that combining climate change adaptation and mitigation, through water, is a win-win proposal, that improves the provision of water supply and sanitation services and tackles both the causes and impacts of climate change, including disaster risk reduction.
Kingston - Jamaica