Extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and droughts impact negatively on sanitation infrastructure, access and management. Safely managed sanitation services are the first line of defence against the impacts of climate change and are vital to strengthen the resilience of entire communities.
However, creating climate-resilient infrastructure requires to invest in appropriate technologies, early warning systems, adequate human resources, and operation & maintenance. So far, money for WASH adaptation accounts for just 1.6% of total climate finance.
With a focus on emerging cities, participants will debate on the policies and investment choices that must be made to improve urban sanitation as a critical condition to cope with the impacts of climate change. At the end of the session, we expect that participants will consider taking action to support greater mobilisation of climate finance for urban sanitation in least developed countries.