Global experts and leaders have highlighted the failure to act on the climate crisis as the biggest global risk, ahead of impacts of the pandemic such as livelihood crises and weakening social cohesion.
Climate action failure, extreme weather and biodiversity loss are the top three concerns highlighted in the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2022. Water resources and WASH services are being impacted by climate change. The findings of the Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, were that climate change has driven detectable changes in the global water cycle, and that weather extremes and their adverse impacts on people and nature will continue to increase with every additional increment of rising temperatures.
AquaFed is aligned to the SWA’s work on tackling climate change and it will be addressed at the forthcoming Sector Ministers’ Meeting. The objective is to increase political will and foster dialogue between climate planers and ministries with responsibilities in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services, so that the particular adaptation needs of such basic services are prioritized. As the SWA says, this is of particular importance working towards the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation vis a vis the realization of the human right to having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
One of the things we will be doing with SWA partners at the Ministers’ Meeting is encouraging governments to focus on climate change solutions. AquaFed’s members have a wide range of technical solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation that are summarised here.