First Water Day at COP 27 and the launch of the "Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARe) Initiative"
A new Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARe) initiative has been launched at the UN Climate Change negotiations, reflecting the importance of water both a key climate change problem and a potential solution. It underlines the commitment of Egypt as COP27 President to making water a top priority.
The AWARe initiative, which was drafted by the COP27 Presidency with support of WMO, was launched on Water Day on 14 November. It is a collective effort, with input from many stakeholders and UN agencies.
“This is the first time we have water as part of informal agenda of the COP,” said Hani Sewilam, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt , adding that he turned to WMO in order to enable synergies in the governance structure and to ensure that the initiative gains momentum from one COP to the next.
More information on the event can be found on the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) website.
Pictures of the event are available below.
Natasha Carmi, Geneva Water Hub lead water specialist, will moderate the official launch of the Action on Water Adaptation and Resilience AWARe initiative during the First Water Day at COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh. She will thank and recognize the COP27 presidency for organizing the Water Day, “to raise political awareness, and share experiences and good practises with practical guidance amongst leaders”, and for providing the needed space for dialogue and action with the “climate change” community.