International Conference : Water in COP23

11/08/2017 - 15:41

The UN Conference - COP23 – on the Climate Climate will be held from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany.


On this occasion, the International Office for Water is mobilized, particularly through the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), which it manages the permanent technical secretariat.


The International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) was designated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, as co-organizer of the official “Water Action Day", that will be organized on Friday 10th of November 2017. It will be organize as :

  • One high level opening ceremony
  • One high level “Water Dialogue” on improving water and climate financing
  • Three parallel Breakout Sessions :

- Water knowledge to respond to climate uncertainty,
- Water for urban resilience,
- Water for sustainable agriculture and food security.

  • One closing plenary

The opening plenary of this “Water Action Day” will be an opportunity to present the actions carried out since COP22 and the new commitments made during COP23 by the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), composed of four stand-alone Alliances:

  • The Alliance of the 360 signatories of the Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers, facilitated by INBO in partnership with UNECE,
  • The Business Alliance for Water And Climate Change (BAFWAC), which has now 44 member organizations, including 30 leading companies,
  • The Alliance of Megacities for Water and Climate, gathering 16 Megacities for a total population of 300 million inhabitants.
  • The Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance, which gathers companies and research and development organizations from 23 countries.


As preamble to this high level official “Water Action Day”, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and the Global Alliance for Water and Climate are organizing Thursday 9th November 2017, with their partners a series of several parallel side-events on water and adaptation to climate change and, particularly, the cooperation between basins, Nature-based solutions and Innovative funding to mobilize

- International cooperation of France: Basin management for adaptation to climate change

- Nature-based solutions for water and adaptation to climate change

- Perspectives of the Incubation Platform of the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAWCIP)


Finally, note the launch of the "Global Alliances for Water and Climate" website by the International Office for Water, to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement in the water sector.

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