TitleThe United Nations World Water Development Report 2020 : water and climate change
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The 2020 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (UN WWDR 2020) entitled ‘Water and Climate Change’ aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation. The scientific evidence is clear: the climate is changing and will continue to change, affecting societies mainly through water. 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. 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. The 2020 United Nations World Water Development Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management. Combining climate change adaptation and mitigation, through water, is a win-win proposal, improving the provision of water supply and sanitation services and combating both the causes and impacts of climate change, including disaster risk reduction. Prologue 1 -- The state of water resources in the context of climate change -- Chapter 1 Climate change, water and sustainable development -- Chapter 2 International policy frameworks -- Chapter 3 Water availability, infrastructure and ecosystems -- Chapter 4 Water-related extremes and risk management -- Chapter 5 Human health impacts related to water, sanitation and climate change -- Chapter 6 Agriculture and food security -- Chapter 7 Energy and industry -- Chapter 8Human settlements -- Chapter 9 Water Climate Energy Food Environment Nexus -- Chapter 10 Regional perspectives -- Chapter 11 Water governance for resilience to climate change -- Chapter 12 Cli mate finance: Financial and economic considerations -- Chapter 13 Technological innovation and citizen knowledge -- Chapter 14 Moving forward -- References -- Abbreviations and acronyms -- Boxes, figures and tables -- Photo credits.