Championing Climate-Resilient WASH
Location: The Climate Challenge Lab Room, the Climate Action Arena, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, Dubai
Climate change is unfolding in an era characterised by surging water demand, environmental degradation, shifting demographics, and mounting pollution. The impacts of climate change have given rise to a spectrum of hazards, including more frequent and severe floods and cyclones, erratic rainfall patterns, prolonged droughts, rising sea levels, and increase in health challenges. These climate-related hazards intersect with preexisting challenges, collectively bearing significant repercussions on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) systems.
As we witness the escalating frequency and severity of extreme weather events, it becomes increasingly important to address the convergence of climate change and WASH, including the role WASH plays in health. Leveraging the momentum generated by WASH and water-oriented initiatives, this session will be an opportunity to take a deep dive into the current landscape of climate-resilient WASH best practices. It will encompass a comprehensive exploration of innovative strategies, technologies, and policy frameworks, all aimed at empowering communities to adapt and thrive in the face of climate-related adversity.
Furthermore, in alignment with the insights shared at the 2023 UN Water Conference and the corresponding Water Action Agenda, this session will spotlight the contributions made by funders, the private sector, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the pursuit of implementing and enhancing the impact of initiatives that work toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6). Join us as we navigate the ever-evolving terrain of climate-resilient WASH, ensuring unwavering access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, even in the face of the challenges posed by our changing world.
· Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DP World
· H.E. Toyin Ojora-Saraki, Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa