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A villager takes extra precautions to keep her supply of water clean in Niger. Photo: UNDP Niger/Rabo Yahaya

Water critical for successful climate change mitigation: COP22

Water is critical for successful climate change mitigation, participants at a UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco also known as "COP22" have found.

The Action Day for Water was organized for the first time in the history of the Conference, to call for more attention to water as a way of providing solutions and to help implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources.

Water insecurity also leads to increased conflict between populations and also provokes migration that threatens overall stability.

Here's the Moroccan Environment Minister, Hakima El Haite.

"Water and climate are linked. We all learned as children in school the cycle of water. So when there is a drought and the temperatures keep rising, this will cause water shortages and affect irrigation which will in turn affect food security. Water connects everything. There are countries where 97 per cent of renewable energy comes from water. So water affects everything: human development, education, health, stability, food security… everything."

Countries have pledged to develop national plans which will limit global temperature rises due to carbon emissions to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

More than 34,000 Iraqis displaced by Mosul military offensive

More than 34,860 Iraqis have fled a military offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul and neighbouring districts as of Wednesday, which is up from the 34,038 reported two days ago.

The figures were released by the Iraqi-based office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) using its Displacement Tracking Matrix or DTM.

The management tool gathers specific data on the status and location of displaced persons across Iraq.

Emergency sites which include school buildings and airstrips are being set up to provide housing for the displaced people.

They will also provide job opportunities to build the site and health services.

"Constructive discussions" for UN Police deployment to Burundi ongoing

Constructive discussions regarding the deployment of unarmed UN Police officers to Burundi are ongoing, the UN special envoy on conflict prevention has said.

Jamal Benomar told members of the Security Council he was "confident" that with continuous engagement and political will, a common ground can be found.

The Council had asked him to travel to the African country to find a way forward on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country.

The Government of Burundi had earlier rejected a UN resolution establishing a police officers' component there.

Last month, it suspended the activities of the UN human rights office in the country and later presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon its letter of intent to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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