Climate Change and Water Issues on the Global Stage

Mar 28, 2023
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Having returned from staging a successful side event at COP 15, NWAC was invited to be a part of the Canadian delegation to the 58th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC-58. The session took place in Interlaken, Switzerland, from March 13 to 17, 2023. During IPCC-58, the intergovernmental panel filed its Sixth Assessment Report, AR-6. The report contains three special reports, a methodology report, three working group reports, and a final synthesis report. The panel will be reviewing the final synthesis report line by line.

The synthesis report is scheduled to be released some time in March 2023. It will provide an overview of the most up-to-date climate change knowledge and will highlight new findings since the publication of IPCC’s Assessment Report, AR-5, in 2014.

IPCC’s assessment reports are meant to be policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive. A simpler way of understanding this is that IPCC works to inform global leaders of the reality of climate change. However, it is up to those global leaders to determine how they will use this information when making decisions.

UN-Water Conference

NWAC was also invited to attend the UN Water Conference in New York from March 22 to 24 as part of the Canadian delegation. “The UN 2023 Water Conference will lead to “a bold Water Action Agenda that gives our world's lifeblood the commitment it deserves,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. An update on NWAC’s participation at this conference will be provided in a later newsletter.