UNESCO Official Talks High Level Panel, Looks Forward to COP23

6 Jun 2017 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
WARRENTON VA, United States

The linked video interview is part of a series being conducted by OOSKAnews exploring, specifically, the intersects between planetary climate change and the world’s water challenges. On this occasion, the show welcomed Alexandros Makarigakis, Deputy Secretary of the International Hydrological Program (IHP) of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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”.

In this interview, Makarigakis reflects on the momentum gained by the profile of water issues in the “COP process”. Conventions of Parties (COPs) are convened annually under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP21 was hosted in France in 2015, and saw the signing of the much-heralded “Paris Accord” on climate change.

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.