#SIWISofa: Raising the Profile of Water Towards COP21

Wednesday 26 August | 11.00-11.30 | Room: Exhibition Hall

This talk will be held in connection to the High Level Panel on 26 August, 14:00-15:30. It will focus on the central role of water in achieving climate adaptation and mitigation, and on the historic opportunity offered by CoP21 to catalyse global leaders’ attention to this issue. Discussions in the past have mainly focused on the issue of mitigation; while this is clearly a worldwide priority, equally important is the issue of adaptation and the understanding of the impacts of climate change on water resources and key water dependent sectors of the economy. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director at SIWI and Junaid Ahmad, Senior Director, Water, World Bank Group will reflect upon the necessary next steps toward COP21 and Paris in December.