Climate change is a problem caused by the way in which the world has developed, resulting in the unequal distribution of wealth and putting at risk all aspects of human development and the possibility of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.
In response to that challenge, state and non-state actors at the global level are conducting efforts and actions both to reduce emissions and to adapt to the impact of climate change and promote resilient societies.
At the international policy level, the governments of 194 countries are negotiating under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to adopt a new global agreement in Paris, France, in late 2015.
While the process of negotiation is underway, sub-national governments, companies, and civil society are increasingly undertaking commitments and adopting policies and plans to contribute to this global struggle from various levels and geographical locations, sending out a message to negotiating States, calling for an ambitious global climate agreement with a long-term vision.
During Cop21, the climate action agenda will have an important role to increase the level of ambition and global commitment to the mitigation and adaptation actions. The Access to Water Declaration is the tool presented to the global community to allow that a great number of stakeholders make concrete commitments to adapt to the impacts of climate change ensuring access to water for the present and future generations.