Climate Policy, Accountability and Monitoring: Needs and opportunities for water sanitation and hygiene
Water Pavilion, Blue Zone at COP (also available online)
Co-conveners: SWA, UNICEF, SIWI, Bristol University, WaterAid, the Government of The Netherlands and the Government of United Kingdom
The Paris Agreement establishes a global goal on adaptation – of enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and reducing vulnerability to climate change in the context of the temperature goal of the Agreement. It aims to significantly strengthen national adaptation efforts, including through support and international cooperation.
While advancing with the global adaptation goal and the enhanced transparency framework is key for the implementation of the Paris agreement, there are important gaps that remain today in terms of how to review and monitor progress. Uncertainty about how and when changes in climate occur, and what impacts there will be, particularly at a local level, makes it challenging to come up with appropriate objectives for adaptation, and determine the success of a particular approach
The water, sanitation and hygiene sector is ready to support and can be a strong ally when formulating, revising, and implementing NAPs and NDCs. The sector is also working to align climate commitments articulated through NDCs (and potentially from NAPs) with existing commitment platforms such as the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Mutual Accountability Mechanism (MAM). There are promising advances now on monitoring climate-resilient water, sanitation and hygiene that can also pave the way, and serve as examples on how to understand and improve resilience and assess progress towards the global adaptation goal.
Professor Guy Howard, Director of the Cabot Institute, will be speaking at this session on monitoring climate resilience in water and sanitation.