GENEVA / WATER AND CLIMATE ACTION

29-Oct-2021 00:01:21
On the eve of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Glasgow, COP26, the heads of ten international organizations issued a united and urgent call to governments to prioritize integrated water and climate action given the all-pervasive impacts on sustainable development. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / WATER AND CLIMATE ACTION
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 OCTOBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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29 OCTOBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Med shot, inside the press conference room, showing speakers and participants
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Media Officer, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“This letter also appeals for urgent and accelerated action to address the water-related consequences of climate change.”
4. Med shot, journalists seated and masked taking notes of the briefing
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Media Officer, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“Climate change is dramatically affecting the water cycle. It’s making droughts and floods more extreme and frequent and decreasing the natural water storage in ice and snow. Rising temperature and variability in flow patterns and water bodies also strongly effect water quality in surface and ground waters.”
6. Close up, journalist seated and masked in foreground, large-screen TV showing Nullis to rear
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Media Officer, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“Changing precipitation patterns are already impacting agriculture, food systems and livelihoods are becoming increasingly vulnerable as well as ecosystems and biodiversity. Rising sea levels threaten communities, infrastructure, coastal environments and aquifers.”
8. Close up, a journalist taking notes during the press conference
9. Med shot, participants in press room attending the meeting
10. Close up, technician supervising the briefing on Zoom
11. Wide shot, inside press conference room, showing speakers and participants
12. Close up, journalist seated and masked listening to briefing
13. Med shot, participants to the briefing, masked, taking notes
STORYLINE
On the eve of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Glasgow, COP26, the heads of ten international organizations issued a united and urgent call to governments to prioritize integrated water and climate action given the all-pervasive impacts on sustainable development.

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) spokesperson Clare Nullis said, at a media briefing in Geneva today (29 Oct), “This letter also appeals for urgent and accelerated action to address the water-related consequences of climate change.”

The letter urges governments to address more effectively the water dimensions of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as provided for in a UN-agreed framework to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6 (ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all).

It was signed by the heads of WMO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN University (UNU), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP).

Reading from the letter, Nullis said, “Climate change is dramatically affecting the water cycle, making droughts and floods more extreme and frequent and decreasing the natural water storage in ice and snow. Rising temperature and variability in flow patterns of water bodies also strongly affect water quality in surface and groundwater.”

“Changing precipitation patterns are already impacting agriculture, food systems, and livelihoods are becoming increasingly vulnerable, as well as ecosystems, and biodiversity. Rising sea levels threaten communities, infrastructure, coastal environments and aquifers,” she continued.

According to a recent UNICEF report on the impact of climate change on children, over one third of the world’s children (920 million) are currently severely exposed to water scarcity.

In addition, the UN World Water Development Report 2020 emphasized that water is the ‘climate connector,’ allowing for greater collaboration and coordination in policymaking across the majority of targets for climate change in the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, and disaster risk reduction in the Sendai Framework.
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