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Water Day event | Barcelona

23.10.2009 -

On November 3rd in Barcelona, during the COP15 preparatory meetings of the UN Convention on Climate Change, a special ‘Water Day’ event will bring the attention to water as a critical and cross-cutting concern for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The event is organized by the Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN)- a joint partnership of Stakeholder Forum and Stockholm International Water Institute – in collaboration with UN Water.

Six sessions will unfold a range of water-related issues and climate change: Water and Livelihoods; Water, Ecosystems and Forests; Water and Land; Water and Regional/transboundary cooperation; Water and Land; Water and Gender; Water and Energy.

The special event will bring together water experts and advocates from across the governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental spheres – including UN Water, the Global Water Partnership, WWF, IUCN, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Freshwater Action Network (FAN) and many more.

The day strives to build additional support for an outcome from the COP15 in Copenhagen that clearly recognises the importance of water for tackling climate change and, to this end, includes strong and action-oriented proposals. The day will further stimulate discussion on the post-Copenhagen international policy agenda on water and climate change.

UN-Water will use this opportunity to launch a new 1-page message document, providing 6 key principles that would need to guide climate change adaptation as it relates to water. The messages will be presented on the UN-Water web-site the same day.

Venue: Fira Congress Hotel | The Day starts at 09.00 and ends at 17.45. Lunch will be provided at 12.15 pm.