Story | 11 Nov, 2020

Race to Zero Dialogues: Climate action requires water action

During the original dates of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 (9-19 November 2020), a UNFCCC virtual campaign labelled ‘Race to Zero Dialogues’ is taking place instead. In the form of a two-week series of over 100 online events, the Dialogues focus on concrete action to support the world’s carbon emissions reach net zero by 2050.  Race to Zero (RTZ) was spearheaded by the UN High-Level Champions on Climate Change, Gonzalo Muñoz from Chile and Nigel Topping from the UK.

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Thursday 12 November has been designated as Oceans, Coastal Zones and Water Day, a full-day event with international water experts and thought leaders focusing on how water can help us in tackling the climate crisis. Water Day, the fourth day in the series of the RTZ thematic days , is open to the public and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), along with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), UN Global Compact/CEO Water Mandate, and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Matt Damon, actor and co-founder of and WaterEquity will join Water Day by video to make a statement along with high-level speakers including Inger Andersen of UNEP, climate expert Johan Rockström, South African youth activist Akhona Xotyeni, Pope Francis’ climate advisor Cardinal Peter Turkson and China’s leading environmentalist Ma Jun.

Rapid breakthroughs are pushing eight key sectors closer to the tipping points necessary to reach zero emissions by 2050 and avert the worst impacts of climate change. Under the leadership of the Champions, these Pathways have been produced by the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action*.

The Climate Action Pathways’ roadmap to a zero-carbon economy includes the following targets for water:

  • Doubling the share of sustainable renewable energy used in water extraction, supply, treatment and reuse by 2025
  • Water and wastewater utilities fully decarbonised and climate resilience improved through climate risk management by 2030
  • 30% of Earth’s water-related natural ecosystems protected and restored by 2030

The agenda and full programme of the Race to Zero Water Day is accessible from this link: climate/#tab1nov12agenda

To register and join Water day, please sign up here:


Social Media Hashtags: #RaceToZero #WaterDay #ClimateAction 

*  A global alliance of more than 320 major initiatives and coalitions, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Oxford University, World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization, and WWF, located across 27 countries.