High-Level Panel - Water stress and human migration: making the link

Event Date: 
Monday, March 19, 2018

Migration is a universal and common process and is linked to development in multiple ways. When mainstreamed in broader frameworks, especially in development planning, migration can benefit the communities at both origin and destination. Migrants can and do support their home communities through remittances as well as the knowledge and skills they acquire in the process while contributing to the host communities' development. Safe, orderly and regular migration can contribute to agricultural development, economic growth, food security and rural livelihoods. Migration can be a part of climate change adaptation efforts. Yet, those migrants who are poor and low-skilled face the biggest challenges emanating from migration that occurs on involuntary, unsafe and irregular basis.

This high-level panel has been organized by FAO on behalf of UN-Water and it will take place in Brasilia, Brasil.

Objectives of the event:

The event will focus on the linkages between water stress and migratory movements globally.  It will identify the water related drivers of migration in different regions of the globe, how migration impacts on water resources and the role of migration as a climate change adaptation strategy. It will also showcase diverse migratory experiences of different countries and potential response options and best practices to improve water security and the livelihoods of rural communities, including refugees. The sessions will also identify the required interventions on the water sectors to address migration, including policy, investment, data needs and partnerships.


Moderator: Mr. Jerome Delli Priscoli, Editor-in-chief, Water Policy


H.E. Helder Barbalho, Minister of National Integration, Brazil

H.E. Suleiman Hussein Adamu, Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria

H.E. Charafat Afilal, Secretary of State in charge of water, Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Morocco

H.E. María García Rodriguez, Secretary of State for Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Spain

H.E. Teresa Ribeiro, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Development, Portugal

Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment

Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Chair, Global Water Partnership

Prof. Ahmet Saatci, President, Turkish Water Institute, Turkey

Ms. Isabel Marquez, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Representative in Brazil

Mr. Eduardo Mansur, Director, Land and Water Division, FAO


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For more info on the panel, please visit FAO's website