Re-cap of UNFCCC Water Action Day at COP23 in Bonn – Rational and outcomes:

Why Water Action Day? Resilient water management is the key to implementing SDGs and NDCs in cities:

Summary based on the SDG 11 series published by the Global Water Forum (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

  • Resilience is a powerful framework for meeting both UNFCCC and 2030 Agenda goals, and water can serve as the binding agent for coherence between these domains. Effective, long-term water resource management and decision-making needs should integrate all stakeholders — urban, rural, economic, social, and environmental. Currently, such integration is rare, however, so how can we change this to allow urban resilience capacities to become integrated with specific policy agendas? (Read more)
  • Water is a sector for institutions such as utilities, but water is also an enabling resource and instrument necessary for all many sectors (including the water sector) — and a resource that should be rationalized across all relevant sectors. (Read more)
  • Given that cities are where the sustainable development goal (SDG) targets and the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement will be implemented, we suggested that resilient water management could be a unifying focus for aligning policy and action for urban resilience (Read more).
  1. Linking climate adaptation, water management and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies
  2. Mainstreaming resilience into water investments
  3. Governing urban-landscape water at the appropriate scale
  4. Coordinating resilience and sustainability landscapes
  • A new opportunity has arisen to foster urban resilience by linking the SDGs and the UNFCCC through resilient water resources management. Water can be a powerful binding agent — a glue — that can ultimately ensure that our global aspirations meaningfully alter the future of cities. By sustaining water, we can sustain our urban landscapes (Read more).

Preliminary outcomes – Water Action Day: High-Level Engagement on Water and Climate 2017:

*Stay tuned over the coming weeks for the finalized reports from COP23

Two key outcomes:

  1. Provide up to three short-term (2018) and up to three mid-term (2020) priority actions that could have significant impact and deliver concrete results that are aligned with the long-term aims of the Paris Agreement and that could feed into the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue.

Short-term 2018:

a. In the context of the Marrakech Partnership, enhance collaboration between the Water and Climate communities

b. Global Alliances for Water and Climate – GafWaC – actions of alliances:

Mid-term 2020:

a. Work with Parties and their implementing partners to support action on water in order to review their NDC’s and delivery targets identified in NDCs and NAPs.

b. Continue to support specific attention and action for Africa

c. Increase water-sound climate Financing


  1. Identify new initiatives or commitments on climate action announced at COP 23
    1. Nature-based solutions Declaration
    2. Business Alliance For Water And Climate operational objective
    3. The Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance
    4. Youth Water and Climate initiative
    5. Water Resilience Framework for Cities
    6. Establish an integrated Source to Sea governance
    7. Climate and Water International Summit
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