FP Virtual Dialogue: Water Scarcity & Climate Change
Collaborative solutions for a water-resilient future
Global experts have been sounding the alarm for decades that the world is rapidly running out of one of its most essential resources: fresh water. Due to insufficient supplies, lack of infrastructure, or water-intensive practices in agriculture and other industries, many parts of the world already suffer from water stress. Climate change and population growth are exacerbating water scarcity in those regions, particularly in drought-prone areas across the Middle East and North Africa. The number of water-stressed areas worldwide is projected to increase, heightening the risk of famines, economic shocks, and water-related conflicts.
The tenuous future of our most precious resource is a global challenge and one that demands greater attention by policymakers, scientists, and innovators to create collaborative solutions for a water-secure future. Water-stressed countries such as the United Arab Emirates have prioritized the issue with a comprehensive national water security strategy that includes advanced technologies for reducing water use, increasing water productivity, and improving the reuse of treated water. In other regions, crisis proofing local water supplies will require more cross-sector leadership and investment. What should governments, development organizations, nonprofits, and industry do to turn the water challenges we face into an opportunity for diplomatic engagement and global cooperation?
Foreign Policy, in partnership with the UAE Embassy in Washington, hosted a discussion with the policymakers, experts, and innovators who are at the leading edge of securing the future of water.
Join the conversation online using the hashtags #WaterResilientFuture and #Aim4C.
For more information, contact Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development.