Action Panel on Water for Vulnerable People, including Refugees and Migrants

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: 14.30 to 16.00
Co-organizers: FAO on behalf of UN-Water and IOM, in collaboration with UNHCR and OHCHR

Insecure access to water for domestic and productive uses is a major constraint for poverty reduction. Ap-proximately, three-quarters (74%) of people living in poverty live in rural areas. One and a half billion people living in rural areas, corresponding to 45% of the global rural population, lack access to safely man-aged drinking water. For many small farmers, water is one of the most important production assets, and securing access to, and control and management of water is key to enhancing their livelihoods and reduce their vulnerability.
Major climate change impacts on agriculture are expected to result from changes in the water cycle. Climate change is hitting the poor and vulnerable people hardest, and these impacts are largely exacerbated by ine-qualities that increase the exposure to risks from climate hazards. There is evidence that water scarcity and prolonged drought significantly increase the likelihood of migrating, mainly because of its impacts on rural livelihoods, agricultural productivity and poverty levels. Migration is very high in the international political agenda. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which expected to be adopted in December 2018 by the UN General Assembly, will be the first, inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a comprehensive manner.

The Action Panel will focus on the linkages between water, poverty and migration and will contribute to on-going discussions on the strategies to improve water security and the livelihoods of rural communities, as well as to ensure the human right to access to water, including for migrants and refugees.

The concept note is available here.