Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Water makes a splash at the Barcelona Climate Change negotiations

Prof Oweyegha Afunaduula testing the heat of a pot on a solar reflection cooker

On 3 November 2009, FAN took part in a 'Water Day', an event that took place alongside the Climate Change negotiations to build further support for a Copenhagen outcome that clearly recognised the importance of water for tackling climate change, and includes strong and action-orientated text to this end.

The day also stimulated discussion on the post-Copenhagen international policy agenda on water and climate change.

Ceridwen Johnson, FAN's Communications Manager and three representatives of the FAN consortium from Africa, South Asia and Latin America attended the day to learn, network and present views and ideas from Southern Civil Society on issues related to water and climate change.


Lucrecia Pisky, an Indigenous leader from Agua del Pueblo (ADP), Guatemala, represented indigenous communities and took part in a podcast on the challenges of gender, water and climate change.


Joseph Halder, Chief of Advocacy and Information, NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, Bangladesh, was one of two lead presenters in the session on Water and Livelihoods: Implications for water and sanitation service delivery and poverty alleviation. 


Prof Oweyegha Afunaduula, Secretary General of The National Association of Professional Environmentalists in Uganda. East Africa (NAPE), Uganda was a key participant in the a discussion on Ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable development.  

Download Oweyegha-Afunaduula's Water Day report


All three of our members took part podcast discussions which were aired on UN radio, you can listen to them on the GPPN website

All three regional representatives stayed on in Barcelona for the full week to attend negotiations and lobby their government delegations. Watch out for their reports which will be posted in the newsroom soon.

The day brought together water experts and advocates from across the governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental spheres – including UN Water, the Global Water Partnership, WWF, IUCN, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Download the Water Day core messages (PDF 15Kb)

Download the GPPN response to Non-Paper 31 (PDF 190Kb)

It was convened by GPPN - a partnership of the Stakeholder Forum and Stockholm International Water Institute – in collaboration with UN Water

Read more about the outcomes of the event on in GPPN's press release, Water evaporates from the climate change negotiatings