Launching at COP27: Key solutions to combat climate change

During periods of flooding people suffer all manner of deprivations, with access to clean water being among the first things to go. Since the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992, floods, droughts, and storms have affected 4.2 billion people (UNISDR 2012), with the impact on sanitation processes and hygiene receiving little attention.

Climate change and extreme events are damaging and destroying water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in households, communities, schools, health care facilities and cities.That is why GWP and UNICEF today launched the 2022 edition of the Strategic Framework for WASH Climate Resilient Development at the COP 27 Water Pavilion.  

The frameworkhas been updated to highlight the many positive developments in the WASH and climate sectors in recent years, including the potential of climate finance for the WASH sector, as well the opportunity to integrate WASH and water resources management as key national climate prioritiesEngagement on climate issues has also been highlighted in the report, as well as the employment and skills potential of this sector, particularly among young people. 

Speaking at the event, Pablo Bereciartua, Chair of the Global Water Partnership, acknowledged that while progress has been made in the provision of safe
water and sanitation services, an estimated 22 percent of the world’s population still do not have access to a basic sanitation service. 

He emphasized the need for
integration of climate considerations into all stages of WASH programming and expressed his belief that this edition of the Strategic Framework will help to ensure that investments in the WASH sector are climate resilient and sustainable. 

The revision of the Framework highlights the many new opportunities to do this at scale, with new approaches and technologies, and different sources of financing and partnerships, and the time is now. 

The Strategic Framework and the associated resources