This interview series is produced in association with the World Water Council and the #ClimateIsWater alliance, an international initiative to elevate the visibility of water within global climate change discussions “by reaching out to the climate community at every level for better consideration of water issues”.
Viewers and readers will be aware that the Paris Accord hit world headlines last week for different reasons when US President Donald J. Trump announced that the US would withdraw from this worldwide consensus, drawing vociferous international criticism.
The Deputy Secretary describes water to OOSKAnews as the “alpha and omega of adaptation” while also observing water’s crucial position in consideration of climate change mitigation: “Without water there is no energy, without energy there is no water”. He is optimistic about COP23, which will convene later this year under the Presidency of the Republic of Fiji, will see “acceleration” of the role of water issues in international climate discourse.
Makarigakis also provides insight into, and a perspective on the “climate thinking” of the “High Level Panel on Water” which was launched last year by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank.
The full video interview with Alexandros Makarigakis can be viewed here.