The choices and investment decisions we make now will determine whether or not a liveable planet is safeguarded for future generations. Tackling climate change and mitigating floods is a chance to show that we can work with nature, harnessing its energies for the good of the planet and its people, rather than hoping we can solve our environmental problems by kicking against it.
We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.
Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.