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World Water Development Report 2020 – Water and Climate Change

The 2020 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020) entitled ‘Water and Climate Change’ aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

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The scientific evidence is clear: the climate is changing and will continue to change, affecting societies mainly through water. Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water for basic human needs, threatening the effective enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation for potentially billions of people. The alteration of the water cycle will also pose risks for energy production, food security, human health, economic development and poverty reduction, thus seriously jeopardizing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2020 United Nations World Water Development Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management.
Combining climate change adaptation and mitigation, through water, is a win-win proposal, improving the provision of water supply and sanitation services and combating both the causes and impacts of climate change, including disaster risk reduction.

 

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The report and information materials are under embargo and will become available on 22 March 2020.

Suggested citation: UNESCO, UN-Water, 2020: United Nations World Water Development Report 2020:Water and Climate Change, Paris, UNESCO.

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Global launch of the report

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the launch event in Geneva is postponed and the Report will be available online on 22 March 2020. 

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Regional and local launch events

 

 

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Videos

Message from the Director-General of UNESCO

This video is also available in French

 

Message from the Chair of UN-Water and President of IFAD

 

About the World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change

 

 

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