Daily Archives: November 9, 2016

2030 Water Resources Group | IFC

Mission and Vision

We envision a world with sufficient and safe water to support economic growth, the needs of people and ecosystems.

The 2030 WRG aims to contribute to the coordinated effort to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of ending extreme poverty; growing strong, inclusive, and transformative economies; and protecting our ecosystems. These goals cannot be achieved without water and no entity has the ability to solve the world’s water challenges alone. By working together to develop and implement the right strategies, policies, plans, and programs, much more can be achieved and sustained.

What we need to do

If countries maintain a business-as-usual approach to managing water, we can expect a 40 percent gap between fresh water supply and demand by 2030. Our mission is to help countries achieve water security by 2030, by facilitating collective action on water between government, private sector and the civil society.

How we do it

The 2030 WRG brings together public, private, and civil society stakeholders to have open discussions about water management, and together develop concrete proposals that can help improve the management of water resources in the country.

We tailor our level of involvement and approach to each country’s water challenges. We only work with countries at their request – our impact depends on a strong government commitment to work with partners through a constructive, transparent, and sustained dialogue. The 2030 WRG creates a convening platform, which is a neutral place where stakeholders collectively identify and agree on priorities and activities to improve water resources management in their countries.

Our Value Proposition

The 2030 WRG brings transformative change to water resources planning by convening national multi-stakeholders platforms and structured processes – including key public decision-makers, concerned private sector champions and civil society representatives – who catalyze sustainable, rational, economics-based solutions to closing the water supply demand gap.

Silent but deadly: the Trump effect on COP22


By Megan Darby

Few dare whisper the thought, but the climate talks in Marrakech lie under a pall of doubt as the US election enters its final hours.

“Whatever the citizens decide always brings the right results. This is democracy. It is the best system in the world.”

India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave insists that the outcome of Tuesday’s US election will not affect COP22 climate talks in Marrakech.

Dave answers the question after opening the Indian pavilion at the tent village of Bab Ighli with a speech in Hindi, that an observer says extolled Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to sustainable living.

It is hard to imagine a less Gandhi-like figure than Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for US president: a billionaire who brags of his entitlement to assault women and promises to marginalise ethnic and religious minorities. Oh, and says he would “cancel” the Paris Agreement.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, while no hunger striker, can be expected to honour US commitments to the international climate deal.

Still, as Dave says, it is America’s choice.

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Some politicians have been a little less coy. France’s Segolene Royal admits her preference to see a woman in the White House. China’s Xie Zhenhua says a wise leader should “conform to global trends”.

But there is no point complaining about what you can’t change, and most delegates hold their tongues or dismiss the Trump threat – on the record, anyway.

At the daily Climate Action Network press conference, the moderator bats back a question on the election. Wait 24 hours and we’ll all have statements, she says. The friendly press officers for the US delegation say there will be no media briefings in the first week of the talks.

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Marrakech mail: Trump wins the White House


World Awakes to Shock and Uncertainty at Prospect of a Trump Presidency – The New York Times


People in Seoul, South Korea, checking an election board with results from each state in the American presidential election. Credit Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The world awoke on Wednesday to the increasingly likely possibility that Donald J. Trump might achieve a stunning upset to become the next president of the United States, defying most polls, which had showed Hillary Clinton with a modest if steady lead. Such a victory could upend international relations. Criticisms of trade and immigration were central to his candidacy; Mr. Trump has professed admiration for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and once called climate change a Chinese hoax; he has criticized the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and he has demanded that the nation’s allies foot more of the bill for their defense. (Follow our Politics briefing for the latest from the election.)

In Japan, Anxiety From an Ally


Monitors displaying election news at a foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo on Wednesday. Credit Yuya Shino/Getty Images

With markets rattled over a likely Trump victory, the Bank of Japan and the country’s Finance Ministry announced that they would hold an emergency meeting to discuss the surging yen and the plunging stock market.

“No matter which candidate is elected, the United States-Japan alliance is the key for United States-Japan diplomacy, and Japan will keep working closely with the United States for peace and prosperity, for Asia-Pacific and the world,” Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary, said at a regular morning news conference in Tokyo.

Asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a proposed multilateral trade deal that the Obama administration began negotiating with 11 other countries but that neither Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Trump supports — Mr. Suga noted that last November, the United States “confirmed that they will aim to ratify it as soon as possible.” He added: “We understand that President Obama is making full efforts to pass the bill within this year.” Japan, he said, would “of course” pass the trade bill.

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