Droughts and water scarcity became one of the biggest challenges leading to food insecurity in 2022 in different regions and transboundary basins across the world. For instance, according to the WMO report State of Global Climate in 2022, in East Africa, rainfall has been below average for five consecutive wet seasons, the longest sequence in 40 years. Across the region, around 37 million people were facing acute food insecurity under the effects of the drought and other shocks. In Europe drought conditions were most severe in August, when rivers including the Rhine and the Danube fell to critically low levels.
Cooperation on shared waters can help to improve preparedness to climate related extremes and, particularly, to droughts, for example through the development of shared information systems or data exchange across sectors, enlarging the range and location of available measures, and sharing costs and benefits.
The global workshop will bring together water, agriculture, climate and environment communities as well as drought experts to jointly discuss best practices and lessons learned in addressing droughts in transboundary basins.
The global workshop is organized under the auspices of the Water Convention serviced by UNECE, under the leadership of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO).
Working languages of the workshop will be English, French, Russian and Spanish. A detailed programme of the workshop will be issued in February 2024.
The workshop will be followed by the fourteenth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention on 28 February 2024, which will review all climate change activities as well as plans for the future under the Convention.
Registration & Practical information:
To attend the global workshop, please create an account in indico and register for the event using the following link by 12 February 2024: https://indico.un.org/event/1007048/
Please kindly find some links with instructions on:
1) How to create an indico account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeZuft5xQ4U
2) How to register for an online meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaEj3hShn6U
For assistance with registration, contact the secretariat by e-mail: [email protected]