Water Europe at COP28


Building on the momentum created at the UN Water Conference 2023, Water Europe is now ready to actively engage in the upcoming UN Climate Summit COP28. Scheduled to take place between the 30th of November and 12th of December in Dubai, COP28 presents a pivotal opportunity for advancing the EU water agenda.

The COP is an international momentum for environmental policy, including water with a dedicated day on the 10th December. Major European Institutions are already considering the pressing challenges to provide coherence and new regulatory tools:

– The European Council called in two resolutions in 2021 and 2023 highlighting the “strategic importance of water and the need to act”.
– In October 2023, The European Economic and Social Committee stressed that “the current EU policy framework is not fit for purpose” and call in its EU Blue Deal for “a radical effort to anticipate needs, to preserve water resources and adequately manage related challenges through a comprehensive and coordinated roadmap, setting ambitious targets and actions linked to agreed milestones”.
– The European Parliament stressed for 2 consecutive years in its resolutions for the COP27 and COP28 the importance to achieve a Water-Smart Society in Europe to reach the objectives of the climate agenda.

Water Europe will be there together with many of its members, committed to spreading our vision for a Water-Smart Society and sharing the results of our research and innovation projects. Explore our activities!

05 December – Water for Climate Pavilion

Water Europe is the curator together with the Government of Rio de Janeiro and the UN-Habitat GWOPA of the Water for Climate Pavilion programme on Locally-Led Adaptation. READ MORE
09.30 – 11.00 – Finance, data, and capacity building: Which accelerator frameworks to build Water-Smart cities?
11.30 – 12.00 – Ted Talk style presentation by Gideon Bromberg, Director, Ecopeace Middle East
14.00 – 15.30 – Local Adaptation: Water policies and good practices in urban areas
15.30 – 16.15 – UN 2023 Water action agenda: a Water-Smart journey to COP28
16.30 – 17.30 – Policy implications of multi-level governance approach for water adaption in cities

05 December – WE Workshop on Industry & Water Efficiency​, 10.30-12.00, Water for Climate Pavilion

This workshop will assess the opportunity from global industrial actors to build a water-smart strategy and support industrial investment in that sense.  It also aims to exchange good practices and better connect solutions providers with challenge owners. REGISTER HERE.

Find out the full programme of the Water and climate pavillon here. Get prepared by reading our WE & Projects’ publications.




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