COP27 Daily Update: Water is critical for success on climate action

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Today is a rest day ahead of the second week of COP27 negotiations. We’ve decided to highlight an important topic: Water.

As population increases, and resource-intensive economic development continues, many countries’ water resources and infrastructure are failing to meet accelerating demand and international tension around the resource is rising. For island and coastal communities, water security is a critical development issue. Due to climate change, water has become an increasingly rare resource and water scarcity, which hits households, businesses and infrastructure, is getting worse. Added to their fragile situation, islands struggle to find enough funding to put their water development plans, programs, and policies into action.

Research has shown that better water management is critical to tackling global crises and mitigating climate change. Finding key solutions to restore water accessibility, quality and build freshwater resilience is essential today.

Tomorrow’s Water Day agenda will focus on the topics of sustainable water resource management, water scarcity, drought, cross boundary cooperation but also on sea level rise, another important threat for island and coastal communities worldwide.

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(From left to right) This week, our partner Racquel Moses, UNFCCC Race To Zero Global Ambassador and CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA), spoke at one of the #Together4Transparency UNFCCC series. The Panel discussed the importance of making progress to cut down emissions and build resilience. She also joined the Climate Justice “Outreach & Diversity in the Environmental and Cultural Sectors” discussion at COP27.

News and key insights

What we are looking forward to this week

Island and International Partnerships for a Net-Zero and Climate Resilient Future
Date & Time: 14 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: U.S. Center, Blue Zone
Organization: Local2030 Islands Network, RELAC Initiative, NOAA, & NREL
The CCSA Investor Forum: Leveraging Climate Finance to Build Caribbean Resilience
Date & Time: 15 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: CARICOM Pavilion, Blue Zone
Organization: Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (CCSA)
SDG Localization as a Driver of Urgent Climate Action

Date & Time: 14 November, 6:00 PM (Egypt)

Location: Egyptian Pavilion, Blue Zone
Organization: Local2030 Coalition, the Government of Egypt

Closing the Gap: Securing Lives, Creating Livelihoods in Small Island Developing States

Date & Time: 16 November, 12:30 – 2:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: IRENA Pavilion
Organization: AOSIS, IRENA

Connecting Large Ocean States for Capacity Building through Shared Experiences and Storytelling

Date & Time: 14 November, 3:20 – 4:20 PM (Egypt)
Location: UNFCCC Capacity Building Hub
Organization: Peace Boat, The Youth Negotiator’s Academy, OceanHub Africa

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