Paris, France, 03 Dec 2015

COP21: Capacity Development in Water and Climate

Yesterday was Water and Climate Day at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21). UNESCO-IHE convened a panel entitled: 'Capacity Development in Water and Climate.' The panel shared examples of capacity development activities at UNESCO-IHE in the past, present and future.

UNESCO organized a full day of events at the COP21 conference pavilion during the Water and Climate Day. Events included launching of the book “Water, People and Cooperation – 50 years of water programmes for sustainable development at UNESCO”, previewing a select set of movies featured in UNESCO’s “50 Years, 50 Movies on Water”, and presentations by a number of UNESCO Category 2 water centres and chairs.

During the day UNESCO-IHE convened a panel entitled “Capacity Development in Water and Climate”, moderated by Professor Michael McClain and including Gaetano Casale, William Veerbeek, and former Officer-in-Charge Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook as panelists.

The panel shared examples of capacity development activities at UNESCO-IHE, including the recently completed DUPC Postdoctoral Programme on Climate Change Adaptation (PRoACC) in the Mekong, Resilient Cities Connect – a coaching platform to support cities to become more resilient to natural hazards in a changing climate, and the newly awarded Horizon 2020 project AfriAlliance – a five-year platform coordinated by UNESCO-IHE for African and European stakeholders to work together in the areas of water innovation, research, policy and capacity development to increase the preparedness of Africa for future Climate Change vulnerabilities.

The event was intended to add water to the agenda of the COP21 and to reinforce the efforts of the UNESCO Water Family in contributing to climate change adaptation around the globe.

Read more about 'Changing minds, not the climate' on UNESCO's website.


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