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Water-Climate Change Nexus on Agenda at World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm

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World Water Week is taking place August 28- September 2 in Stockholm, Sweden where more than 3,000 participants from 120 countries will dive deep into the theme “Water for Sustainable Growth,” which includes the implementation of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda and the Paris Agreement.  The annual global meeting dedicated to water is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute with support from the City of Stockholm and Governments of Sweden and Germany, as well as through collaboration with key partners such as the OECD, Water Research Commission and 2030 Water Resources Group.  The 5-day event will showcase more than 150 events and 400 convening organizations.  Morocco is scheduled to be represented during the week by Charafat Afailal, Morooc’s Minister Delegate in Charge of Water, Hakima El Haite, COP22 Special Envoy and Morocco’s Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment and Abdeladim Lhafi, COP22 Commissioner and Morocco’s High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification.

The Opening Plenary Session on August 29 will include high-level participation from Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Akilisi Pohiva, Tonga’s Prime Minister, Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General and Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican.

A high-level event “Building a Resilient Future through Water” will take place on September 1 featuring, Hakima El Haite, COP22 Special Envoy and Morocco Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, Swedish SDG Ambassador, Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Peru’s Minister of the Environment,  Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Environment, Energy and the Sea, France and Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister for Environment.

The Closing Plenary on September 2 is slated to include remarks by Abdeladim Lhafi, COP22 Commissioner and Morocco’s High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification, Karolina Skog, Sweden’s Minister for the Environment and Pablo Bereciartua, Argentina’s Undersecretary for Water Resources.

Key climate related side events during Water Week include:
•    Water to guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement
•    Africa focus | The key to sustainable growth: Mainstreaming climate resilient infrastructure
•    Retooling finance for resilient solutions: Connecting finance, water and climate
•    Integrating climate governance and water diplomacy
•    Climate change and water quality: Connecting the dots
•    Drought, food security, migration and climate: Policy and conflict implications
•    Building climate resilience in urban water supply and sanitation
•    Mountains, glaciers and hydropower in a changing climate

For more information on World Water Week in Stockholm visit: http://www.worldwaterweek.org

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