On Friday November 10, Pacific Institute President and Head of the CEO Water Mandate Jason Morrison will speak at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Water Action Day during COP23 in Bonn, Germany. The Water Action Day events are led by the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action. Following the success of the first Water Action Day at COP22, this year’s Water Day events are designed to build on achievements in mainstreaming water into the global climate action agenda. The goal is to enable climate and water actors and their allies to learn from one another and engage as full partners in achieving a sustainable and resilient climate future. While much progress has been made, more work is needed to elevate and strengthen water’s status within UNFCCC programs and mechanisms.
The Water Action Day events will center on focal areas including: agriculture, energy, cities, industry, oceans, biodiversity, and gender. The events will explore the critical linkages between water and the global climate adaptation, climate mitigation, and finance agendas.
Jason Morrison will be a high level speaker for the opening plenary session led by Maggie White of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The plenary will focus on water challenges as well as solutions offered by water policy and science to address climate change. It will also include statements on joint progress made since COP22 and offer insights on how to move forward to implement the SDG agenda and the Paris Agreement.
Jason Morrison will also deliver a presentation in the first breakout session entitled “Water Knowledge to Respond to Climate Uncertainty.” The session is organized by the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), the French Water Partnership (FWP), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the World Meteorological Association (WMO).
The events will take place on November 10, 2017 from 9:00-18:15 CET in Bonn, Germany at the Platz der Vereinten Nationen.