A second edition of the “Water and Climate - Blue Book” was released last week during the COP23 international climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. The document has been produced by Ministry Delegate in charge of Water, Kingdom of Morocco and published by the World Water Council. Morocco was host country, and presided over COP22 in Marrakesh in 2016.
The current Bonn-hosted conference is presided over by Frank Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Fiji, the first small island developing state to hold the presidential role at a COP. “The human suffering caused by intensifying hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, floods and threats to food security caused by climate change means there is no time to waste,” said Bainimarama, who assumed Presidency of the COP23 conference from Morocco during the opening ceremony last week.
The Blue Book series aims to raise international awareness on the role of water as the most impacted resource by climate change consequences and features key messages to help decision-makers make water emerge as a priority in their national policies.
Presented as an update to the original 2016 Blue Book, the 2017 edition integrates the outcomes of the discussions from the 2nd International Conference on Water and Climate (ICWC), as well as messages from the Global Action Day for Water which was held at COP22.
A Global Climate Action Day for Water had been held on 9 November 2016 during COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, providing an occasion for the international water community to commit to taking action on water and climate in both the short term (2017) and the medium term (up to 2020).
The 2017 edition of the Blue Book covers progress made in implementing the “water agenda” since COP22 and the discussions, debates and recommendations made at the 2nd International Conference on Water and Climate held in Marseille in October 2017. It also highlights priority actions launched as part of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action, focusing, in particular, on actions related to SDG2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG11 (Sustainable cities and communities).
The new-edition Blue Book also contains key messages for decision-makers in the areas of water security and food security in the context of climate change; water’s resilience to climate change; cities’ resilience through water management and funding for projects aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change.