Water quality is intrinsically linked with human health, poverty reducción, vender equality, food Security, livehoods and the preservation of ecosystems as well as económic growth and social development of our societies.
Water quality problems present a major challenge in both developing and developed countries.
Within the broader international community, and as part of collective system - wide assessment process
involving 23 United Nations bodies and programmes.
UNESCO is centrally involved in developing the tools and skills needed to achieve a better understanding of the basic procces, management practices and policies that will help improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources.
An intersectoral platform created in January 2008 to coordinate and foster UNESCO activities on climate change.
The number of the initiatives related to climate change has already reached over 40 ancompassing UNESCO wide spectum (Education, Natural Sciences, Culture, Social Sciences, Communication and information).
As a tangible product of the platform action a strategy and an integrated approach for UNESCO on the issue of global climate change have been defined position the Organization so that it can continue to make a tengible contribution in the years to come, especially in the context of joint action by the UN system.
IOC develops leadership capacity, including fund - raising, team building, and decisión - making skills for directors of marine snd coastal sciences institutos to strengthen, legal and institutional structures.
Much regard is given to África as well as tropical and small island developing states where livehoods depend heavily on marine resources.
The IOC Capacity Development programmes are empowering developing countries to sustainably use their coastal and marine resources by encouraging 'self driven' capacity development.
The risks of not immediately buildings relevant capacity un marine management and research with result in greater risk of destruction from océano hazards, irreversible damage to ocean resources, and los of sources of wealth for future generations.
The rate of degradation and los of sources is accelerating, is to develop, capacity rapidly enough to protect and preserve these resources. The IOC's self - self driving building approach aims to reduce the continuos dependence con aid by empowerment ring countries to addresstheir own problems and through science, science - based strategies.
IOC succesful developed a unique network with the most talented scientists accross the world and with rearch institutes in all regions, and is playing an essential role in addressing the critically urgent issued relates to the protention and sustainable development of the océano and coasts.
Perhaps the most important challenge to sustainable development to have arisen in the last decades is the unfolding global ecological crisis that is becoming a barrier to further human development. From an ecological perspective, the sustainable development efforts have not been successful global environmental degradation has reached and critical level with major ecosystems approaching thresholds that could trigger massive collapse. The growing understanding of global planetary boundaries, which must be respected to protect Earth's life support systems, needs to be very basis of the future sustainable development framework.
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This World Water Assessment Programme Special Report brings together messages on water and climate change from the World Water Development Report 3: Water in Changing World. A joint effort of the 26 United Nations itself agencies that make up UN - Water, the triennial World Water Development Report is the United Nations' foremost and most comprehensive review of the state of the world freshwater resources.
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Water is an integral component of climate change and the primary medium through which it exhibits its impacts. With the world facing growing water challenges in many regions, how climate change will affect future societies cannot be understood without looking at its impact on this most vital of our planet's resources.
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Climate change directly affects the water cycle and, through it, the quantity and quality of water resources available to meet human and environmental demans. It can lead to both floods and drought. Rising sea levels have a serious effect on coastal aquifers, a major source of urban and regional water supply systems, and higher water to sustainable social and economic development cannot be underestimated, yet many countries are already facing multiple water challenges, all of them compounded by climate change.
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Adaptation to climate change will demand a firm commitment from leaders in government, private sector and civil society worldwide. Public policy on key water services and functions must prioritize a strengthening of competencies and institutions, and ensuring the infrastructure investment necessary for longterm water security.