The UN Conference of the Parties (COP22) on the Climate will be held from 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.
As part of the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA), successor of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) was designated by the two climate champions, the Environment Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Ms. Hakima El Haite, and the French Ambassador for negotiations on climate change, Ms Laurence Tubiana.
Two official events will be organized on 9 November: a water showcase in the morning, dedicated to promoting practical initiatives, and a water dialogue, in the afternoon, built as a high-level debate on major water and climate policy issues.
November 9th will be an opportunity to discuss the last year’s progress on water issues and the new commitments made under the three Alliances on Water and Climate established during COP21:
- Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers, facilitated by INBO in partnership with UNECE;
- The Business Alliance for Water And Climate Change (BAFWAC) launched by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the CEO Water Mandate, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and SUEZ, which has now 44 member organizations, including 30 leading companies;
- The Alliance of Megacities for Water and Climate, facilitated by UNESCO, ICLEI, SIAAP and Arceau-IDF, gathering 16 Megacities for a total population of 300 million inhabitants.
In addition to these events, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) is organizing with its partners a series of other side events on the Paris Pact implementation, adaptation to climate change in the basins and, more broadly, innovative solutions to water and climate issues.
The action of all stakeholders involved in the basins—international organizations, donors, governments, basin organizations, local authorities, companies, research and training centres and the civil society—is essential to the climate change resilience of our societies and water resources.