Water for the Rural Poor – Leaving no one behind

Event Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019

Photo: IOM water distribution point in Sudan © IOM 2010 / Andreea Campeanu

Climate change, water scarcity and migration are very high on the international political agenda, particularly through the International Water Decade for Action 2018-2028, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the climate change – migration work under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This event is part of the Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days 2019, taking place in Cairo, Egypt between 31 March and 4 April 2019. The event will contribute to the analysis of the relationship between water scarcity, poverty, climate change and migration, identify the intersection between the different policy domains and discuss the priority areas of work, It will also present an overview of key operational challenges to reach populations in secluded areas facing   the complex and protracted conflicts prevalent in the NENA region.

During the event, the key messages of the recent World Water Development Report 2019 “Leaving no one behind” will be presented followed by a panel discussion. The main message of this session is that unless significant progress is made through policies, advocacies and programming  in reaching the poorest and most marginalized people, including those refugees, internally displaced people, and people living in conflict zones, the SDGs will not be met.

Date and time: Monday 1st of April, 14:30 - 16:00

Location: Cairo, Egypt


  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Session Chair: Jean-Marc Faurès, Regional Programme Leader, FAO MENA

Rapporteur: Nina Stuurman, Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Officer, IOM MENA