UN World Water Development Report 2020 – ‘Water and Climate Change’ is available in Arabic

The scientific evidence is clear: the climate is changing and will continue to change, affecting the Societies everywhere which are experiencing the largest impact through water – more frequent and pronounced floods and droughts are happening and the situation is expected to worsen.

Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water for basic human needs, threatening the effective enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation for potentially billions of people and making the fight against poverty more challenging. The alteration of the water cycle will also pose risks for energy production, food security, human health, economic development and poverty reduction, thus seriously jeopardizing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Against this backdrop, the United Nations World Water Development Report in its 2020 edition (WWDR2020) focuses on ‘Water and Climate Change”. The Report is now available in Arabic. The findings of this Report will set the basis for a training in the Arab Region on 15-16-18 and 24 March 2021 that is co-organized by the Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States and UNESCO’s World Water Development Programme (WWAP). The Arabic translation of the Report and the regional training are made possible thanks to the ongoing support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, Saudi Arabia.

Supported by examples from across the world, the Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change – in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience – that can be addressed by enhancing water resources management. The Report also draws attention to the opportunity that climate change can serve as a catalyst for improved water resources management.

Given the crucial impact of climate change on freshwater resources in arid and semi-arid Arab region, the 2020 edition of the Report in Arabic will help inform decision making at all levels and contribute to water security and sustainable development in the Region.

Led by UNESCO and produced in collaboration with FAO, UNDP, UN Regional Commissions, UNESCO IHP, HABITAT, UNIDO, UNU, WHO, WMO and the World Bank Group, this flagship publication of UN-Water is the latest in a series that began in 2003.

The Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation has been generously funding the Arabic translation of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) since 2017. Thanks to this collaboration, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) made alreday two editions of the Report available to the Arabic speaking community. These Reports provided in depth information on:

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