A coalition of international leaders declared that water and climate action must be coordinated to ensure adequate water supplies in the face of expanding global population and environmental degradation.
Climate change is worsening both water scarcity and water-related hazards, they claimed at the United Nations’ COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) leaders cautioned that 3.6 billion people throughout the world already have insufficient access to water for at least one month each year, and that figure is predicted to rise to five billion by 2050.
The leaders of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UN Water, which assists nations in managing water and sanitation infrastructure in a sustainable manner, organized the meeting.
The leaders of the WCC are emphasizing the importance of integrated water-climate management, with an emphasis on more data and information to help determine when, where, and how much water can be delivered today and in the future.
Only 0.5 % of the water on the planet is usable as freshwater. However, over the last two decades, terrestrial water storage, a word that refers to all water on the land surface and subsurface, including soil moisture, snow, and ice has decreased by one millimeter each year.
WMO and ten UN agencies are leading the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC). It is in favor of combining water and climate change to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Water and Climate Leaders panel, which has 18 members and includes current and former world leaders, high-level representatives from UN agencies, civil society, the commercial sector, and two youth envoys, leads the coalition.
Climate change is already underway, putting peace, security, biodiversity, and global sustainable development in jeopardy. As a result, efforts in the areas of governance, financing, data and information, capacity building, and innovation must be scaled up and accelerated in order to turn the tide and ensure a sustainable future for all, leaving no one behind.