From 29 to 31 March 2021, the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) participated in a Global workshop on building climate resilience through improving water management and sanitation at national and transboundary levels. The event was held in a hybrid format, online and with a partial presence of participants in Geneva.

The workshop was divided into 5 thematic sessions on the impact of climate change on water management at both the national and transboundary levels, as well as on water, sanitation and health systems.

During the first session,participants have discussed the issues of increasing the resilience of the water and sanitation sectors to climate change. In particular, they considered the negative impact of extreme weather conditions on the reduction of water supplies and pollution of drinking sources, which in turn leads to outbreaks of various diseases among the population.

The second session focused on increasing the role of water, sanitation and health in national policies around the world.

During the third session, participants discussed the role of transboundary cooperation in disaster risk reduction. An integrated approach that addresses different risk factors and is consistent with the principles of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is needed in order to effectively deal with natural disasters.

The fourth session was devoted to transboundary cooperation and health policy. The inclusion of health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) issues in cross-border agreements is very relevant in view of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The final fifth session was devoted to the harmonization of solutions on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, transboundary cooperation and health at the national level.

The global workshop is organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe,  the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), the International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).