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World Water Week: Water Must Be Integrated Into Climate Agreement


This year's World Water Week in Stockholm wrapped up on August 28th with a call to ensure that water is given a central place in upcoming climate change negotiations.

“Water is what binds together all the aspects of climate change. Climate change is water change,” said Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute, which organizes World Water Week.

Water Week participants noted that climate change’s impacts are felt through water, in terms of floods, droughts and extreme weather events. At the same time, water also plays a key role in many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“If waters are not managed properly and water resources management is not well integrated in climate efforts, climate impacts will have a significant effect on our societies -- it is a challenge for all countries,” said Swedish Minister for Climate and Environment and Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Åsa Romson.

“I want to encourage further discussions on how to strengthen water resilience as part of the action agenda and to make sure that climate investments, including through the Green Climate Fund, can support water resilience,” Romson added.

“Water security is probably the greatest human challenge of this century,” said Dr. Benedito Braga, Secretary of State for Sanitation and Water Resources in Brazil’s São Paulo state and president of the World Water Council. “Today I strongly believe that the stakes are higher than ever.”

The 2015 World Water Week, held under the theme “Water for Development,” ran from August 23rd-28th.

The21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) will take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.