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UN-Water Day at COP 16

23.12.2010 - UN-Water played a key role in the Dialogues for Water and Climate Change held at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16). 
November 29th - December 10th in Cancun, Mexico.

UN-Water hosted a series of panels on December 1st, as part of the Dialogs for Water and Climate Change, led by CONAGUA within the COP 16. 
Panel on droughts
Wednesday December 1st, 10:00 – 11:00
Convened by: UN-Water
In several parts of the world, drought may get worse as a result of climate change. Drought has often been referred to as the “silent disaster” since its effects often are deferred. Nevertheless, devastating. This panel will provide a platform for an informed debate on the subject, measures to be taken and general trends to be drawn up.

Panel on water, food and energy
Wednesday December 1st, 11:15 – 12:15
Convened by: UN-Water
Future scenarios suggest increased competition for water resources, with a growing population to feed and increased energy demands. At the same time climate change threatens to negatively affect both quantity and quality of our water resources. This complex nexus urge cross-sectoral approaches to increase the efficiency of water use for food and energy (both “more crops per drop” and “more watts per drop”).

Panel on bridging IWRM and NAPAs
Wednesday December 1st, 12:15 – 13:15
Convened by: UN-Water, Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)
Integrated Water Resources Management Plans has been implemented by many countries, just as a number of countries have developed National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs). In order to maximize opportunities for adaptation to climate change, coherence between these plans and programmes has to be built. This panel debate will identify win-win opportunities for strengthening synergy during development and implementation of these plans.

The economics of adaptation to climate change
Wednesday December 1st, 13:15 – 14:30
Convened by: UN-Water
What are the costs of adaptation to climate change? How much of these funds are needed for water?
Different reports and studies estimate the costs of adaptation to climate change to between 40 and 170 billion USD per year. How much of them will be available for water? This debate will aim to shed new light on these questions.