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COP22 Celebrates Water Day, Launches Blue Book
By Ballah M. Kollie from Morocco
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, November 9 (LINA) - The Conference of Parties (COP), currently convening in Marrakech, Morocco, has for the first time in the history of COP dedicated a day to celebrate water and climate issues.
Dedication of the day is aimed at raising the awareness to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement that came into force at the start of the ongoing 22nd sitting of the COP.
The conference organizers on Wednesday also launch the “Blue Book on Water and Climate.”
It can be recalled that organizers at the COP21 sitting held in Paris last year dedicated only half-day to commemorate the issue of water.
The Blue Book is in cooperation with Governments of Morocco and France, and the World Water Council.
It proposes the need for the world to recognize water as a primary victim of climate change, place water at the heart of climate change negotiations and engage in a water action agenda.
The Blue Book also recommends an improved access to financing, setting up mechanisms for monitoring of the commitment taken in the water sector and climate change and engage in a specific water and climate change agenda for Africa among others.
The launch by the Moroccan Government and its partners is an outcome of its interim international conference on water and climate hosted in Rabat in July.
Addressing the launching ceremony, Moroccan High-Level Champion for Climate, Hakima El Haite, described the issue of water as a connecting point that encourages all initiatives to speed up the realization of the 2020 agenda.
According to her, water is a pre-condition for the attainment of food security, human health, energy production, industrial productivity and biodiversity.
Morocco Delegate in Charge of Water, Charafat Afailal, believes that now is the time that the world to realize that water insecurity leads to increased conflicts, tension between populations and also provokes migration that threatens overall stability.
Afailal said that climate justice is also a priority of the Water Action Day which, according to her, is evidenced by the launching of the “Water for Africa,’’ an initiative established by the Kingdom of Morocco and supported by the African Development Bank.
The Water for Africa initiative aims at rendering justice to Africa through the adoption of a specific action plan that will mobilize different international political, financial and institutional partners to improve water and sanitation services and management in Africa, for those most affected by climate change.