Published on: 24/08/2020
Adapting to climate change and fostering a low carbon water and sanitation sector.
As the world grapples with COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that the provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is essential to protect human health during all infectious disease outbreaks. While, the focus is currently on fighting the pandemic, building momentum on an interconnected issue of climate change has to stay high on the agenda.
The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global multi-stakeholder partnership exists to mobilise its partners to better work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SWA partners can play a key role in supporting the bridging of SDG 6 (on water and sanitation) and SDG 13 (on climate action), while recognising that the ability to meet these SDGs directly affects and is affected by almost all of the other SDGs, including poverty, food, gender and inequality, as examples.
A briefing note addressing the issue of climate change has been prepared that explores how Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partners can address the risks and challenges presented by climate change through adaptation and mitigation measures. The SWA Framework offers concrete suggestions on how SWA partners can integrate climate change considerations into their planning and actions at global, regional and national levels. The briefing note can be downloaded from the SWA website.