Towards Concrete Action for Water: Enhancing Cooperation on the Migration, Climate Change and Water Nexus
22 Mar 2023, 13:15pm
Japan Society, Murase Room, 333 East 47th Street, New York 10017
IOM, the World Bank Group
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Bank Group are hosting the hybrid side event “Towards Concrete Action for Water: Enhancing Cooperation on the Migration, Climate Change and Water Nexus” on Wednesday 22 March from 13:15 to 14:30 EST (New York Time) during the UN 2023 Water Conference. The event will take place in-person at the Japan Society (Murase Room) located at 333 East 47th Street, New York, 10017 and virtually via Zoom.
Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of sudden-onset hazards as well as leading to rainfall variability, heatwaves, protracted drought, and glacial melt. Pre-existing inequalities are further amplified by water-related hazards, especially for those living in hazard-prone areas and relying on primary sector livelihoods. At the same time, migration could enhance climate change adaptation in several ways, such as by providing an opportunity for livelihood diversification, leading to the adoption of climate-smart practices and technologies, evacuating people to safer locations ahead of disasters, etc.
Addressing the migration-water nexus is essential to addressing migration in the context of climate change. The outcomes of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar in March 2022 recognised “the urgent need to pay more attention to water issues in the rural world, as a means of reducing inequalities, creating opportunities for youth and women, fostering development, generating employment and optimally tackling the causes of national and international migrations”. However, there is still limited integration of the migration, climate change and water nexus in many regional and national policy frameworks. The Water Action Decade 2018-2028 provides an opportunity to advance this agenda by highlighting that addressing the migration, climate change and water nexus requires an action-oriented, inclusive and cross-sectoral approach.
This event will bring together panellists from across the globe to discuss the role of global partnerships in developing actions to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change and issues around migration.
This side event will be co-organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Bank. It will be a moderated panel discussion with panelists from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Tajikistan, Senegal and the World Bank Group sharing their experiences and good practices. The panel discussion will be followed by a Question & Answer segment with the audience. The total duration of the event will be 90 minutes.
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- Mohamed C.B.C Diatta, Coordinator of the Unit for Monitoring, Promotion and Valorization of the Recommendations of the 9th World Water Forum, Government of Senegal;
- Turakul Muradov, Head, NDA GCF Secretariat, Committee for Environmental Protection, Government of Tajikistan;
- André Salcedo, Chief Executive Officer, Sabesp (Sao Paolo’s WSS utility), Sao Paolo;
- Fan Zhang, Lead Water Economist, World Bank.
The panel will be moderated by Eva Akerman, Director, Department of Policy and Research (DPR), International Organization for Migration.
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