The Water and Climate Coalition evolved from the Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN), an initiative of Stakeholder Forum (SF) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) that was originally conceived to help global stakeholders prepare for the review of water and sanitation commitments at the 16th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development. It conducted consultations across stakeholder groups to develop key policy recommendations and identify challenges for the global water and sanitation agenda.

The GPPN developed strong working relationships with a number of organisations who were actively involved with the network. Its strategic decision in 2009 to focus its efforts almost exclusively on the climate change agenda put it at the forefront of global advocacy efforts on water and climate issues.

Its advocacy in the run-up to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) together with a number of organisations and partners, successfully raised the profile of water issues and encouraged decision-makers to recognise the critical role that water management will play in any response to climate change. Its efforts contributed to the decision to recognise the importance of water resources for climate change adaptation in the final version of the adaptation text presented to Heads of State at COP15.

Through its advocacy up to COP15 the GPPN established itself as the leading coalition of actors calling for the climate change negotiations to recognise water. Recognising the evolution of the GPPN since its original inception, SF and SIWI felt that after COP15 it was essential to formalise the strong relationships that it had built with many organisations, and also communicate its objectives more clearly. As a consequence, out of the GPPN the Water and Climate Coalition was borne.

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