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Connecting the Drops: how does water matter to Latin America?

November 15, 2022

November 15, 2022, 10:30 am – 11:15 am ET

The event will be streamed in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Water is essential to the people, biodiversity and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Clean water and sanitation are key to children’s growth and adults’ health. The food they eat uses 70% of the water consumed in the region and more than 45% of the electricity comes from hydropower.

Curious about connecting the drops? Join us for a discussion hosted by World Bank Vice-president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, to discover why water should matter to all of us and how it must adapt to a changing climate by treating water as a strategic, finite and manageable asset.

A recent World Bank report found that water is far from secure for everyone. Today, two third of the region’s population, mostly poor and vulnerable, does not have access to safe sanitation. Additionally, climate change is profoundly disrupting the water cycle, affecting the region’s food and energy security and threatening economic, social and environmental achievements.