Archive: Åsa Romson, Minister for Climate and the Environment, Deputy Prime Minister


Climate and water important development challenges

Sweden, France and Peru have taken a joint initiative to highlight water issues ahead of the climate change conference COP21 in Paris. Today, Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson is presenting the countries’ joint proposal, which concerns the central nature of climate and water issues to sustainable development, at a high-level seminar in New York. The presentation is being held in connection with the adoption of the new global sustainability goals.

“It became clear at World Water Week in Stockholm that there is a close link between climate and water issues. Following initial discussions in Stockholm between our countries, my ministerial colleagues Ségolène Royal and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and I want to jointly give visibility to these issues here in New York,” says Ms Romson.

The ministers’ joint initiative will provide important input for political discussions on initiatives and cooperation that will be presented at the Lima-Paris Action Agenda at the climate change conference COP21 in Paris.

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda aims to encourage and give visibility to concrete measures that can supplement the commitments the countries will make in a new climate agreement. Within the framework of the Action Agenda, a half-day will be devoted to discussions on water resilience, which deals with the capacity of water to resist change, for example climate impacts such as drought or flooding. The proposal is intended to contribute to increased involvement in the area of water among various stakeholders in society.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, threatening to undermine the chances of the world’s countries achieving sustainable development. Similarly, water is a cross-cutting issue that affects all development aspects, including health, food, economic development, gender equality and biodiversity. These global challenges must be tackled collectively,” says Ms Romson.


Karl-Johan Bondesson
Press Secretary to Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson
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