United Nations World Water Development Report
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.
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.
Download the report
The report and information materials are under embargo and will become available on 22 March 2020.
- UN World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change
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- Executive Summary
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- Press release
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- Main messages
- Facts and Figures
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Suggested citation: UNESCO, UN-Water, 2020: United Nations World Water Development Report 2020:Water and Climate Change, Paris, UNESCO.
- Poster (PDF)
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- Social media kit
- Launch powerpoint presentation and script (zipped file)
- Online press kit:
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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.
Save the date (PDF)
Regional and local launch events
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