Paris Climate Agreement Enters into Force on Eve of COP22

MARRAKESH, Morocco

The COP21 Paris agreement on climate change entered into force on November 4th 2016, days before the COP22 climate conference convenes in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Salaheddine Mezouar, Foreign minister of Morocco, said in a joint statement: “Humanity will look back on 4 November 2016 as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster and set off with determination towards a sustainable future. [FREE STORY]

Following France’s lead, Morocco has also announced a “Water Action Day” scheduled for November 9 to articulate to the delegates how to blend water within finance, (National Determined Contributions) NDCs, and other related implementation issues.

President of the World Water Council, Benedito Braga, has expressed optimism that water challenges will have an increased role in the Marrakesh conference. Speaking to OOSKAnews at September’s World Water Week in Stockholm, Braga said “Morocco is a country that has understood the importance of water for a long time. Morocco is a semi-arid country and they have developed, in contrast to other countries in Africa, infrastucture to cope with the variability of their climate. They have successfully constructed and operate reservoirs for food production and sustainable water supply”.

“I’m also optimistic because from a political standpoint they understand the subject of water. In water-plenty countries, it is difficult for politician to establish and push the importance of water issues in the event of climate change. Morocco is already totally aware of the importance of water issues”, said Braga.

The #ClimateIsWater initiataive, established in 2015, has the goal of strengthening the position of water within the climate negotiations and the UNFCCC processes. 

John H. Matthews is co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), one of the primary drivers behind #ClimateIsWater. 

Speaking to OOSKAnews on November 4th, Matthews remarked “#ClimateIsWater is marking its first year as a consolidated voice for the water community for the UNFCCC. I'm really proud that so many organizations have been able to share our concerns and hopes to ensure that we have the water in our economies and ecosystems to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The next two weeks will focus on how we can flow the aspirations of Paris into the realities of implementation”.

OOSKAnews will be providing full coverage from Marrakesh of water-related COP22 activities and developments in the next two weeks.

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