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Delivering Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Current Climate Change (HLPF 2109 Side Event)
12 Jul 2019 -  Delivering Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Current Climate Change Scenario – Innovative Responses from South-South Cooperation and Water Operators Partnerships.
Climate change makes itself felt mostly through the water cycle, and water and sanitation utilities are already experiencing its effects. Strong water and sanitation utilities are essential to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on water (SDG 6), itself a prerequisite for achieving most other SDGs. Yet many utilities, already struggling with weak operational and management approaches, inadequate resources and deteriorating infrastructure, are poorly prepared to adapt to a widening scope of challenges, such as floods that wash away significant parts of their networks or severe droughts that deplete water resources resulting in extreme water supply shortages.
Enhanced international cooperation is crucial for mitigating and adapting to climate change and South-South cooperation is gaining momentum as a meaningful approach to addressing this global challenge.
This event in the framework of the Water Action Decade, will give some examples of utility-led water and climate innovations in the developing south and showcase partnerships that are helping to share these approaches.
OBJECTIVES
The main objectives of this event are:
▪ To share knowledge and experience on integrated approaches for water and sanitation in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
▪ To present innovative responses from South-South Cooperation and call upon member states to promote and support those initiatives.
Co-Organized by the Permanent Mission of Tajikistan, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance/UN-Habitat with the support of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.