Leave No One Behind: WASH in Humanitarian Emergencies Workshop

Date: 30th June 2017

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Leave No One Behind: WASH in Humanitarian Emergencies

WSSCC and UNHCR will co-host a technical workshop focused on operationalizing Member State commitments to ensure non-discriminatory access to sanitation, hygiene and safe water by refugees and migrants in Geneva, on 27 September 2017 (Palais des Nations or UNHCR).

The workshop will take place from 9h30-17h30 with a reception to follow.

A refugee camp in Cameroon. ©WSSCC/Javier Acebal

In 2015, WSSCC launched the Leave No One Behind Programme in eight South Asian countries. WSSCC, in partnership with local CSO networks and governments, conducted extensive consultations of vulnerable populations across rural and urban areas including women, children, adolescents, the elderly, people with disabilities and sanitation workers, leading to the release of the ground-breaking report Leave No One Behind: Voices of Women, Adolescent Girls, Elderly and Disabled People, and Sanitation Workers, which was presented at SACOSAN VI, the government-led regional sanitation conference for South Asia, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 11 to 13 January 2016.

 Using SDG target 6.2 (which aims at achieving, by 2030, access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and ending open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations) as a guide, WSSCC is now moving forward with the programme to bridge the gap between development and humanitarian emergencies by joining forces with Member States, UN agencies and programmes, as well as civil society organizations, to promote the rights to access and use in WASH for vulnerable groups including women and girls, elderly people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations including those suffering from the consequences of humanitarian emergencies, refugees, migrants, stateless persons and internally displaced people (IDP).

WSSCC will conduct consultations in Ventimiglia, Italy and India with refugees and migrants with regards to their sanitation and hygiene needs in the humanitarian emergency context using the LNOB methodology and these case studies will be presented with other recent action research from partners in Geneva on 27 September 2017 during a side session to the Human Rights Council entitled Leave No One Behind: WASH in Humanitarian Emergencies, co-hosted by WSSCC and UNHCR.

 More information to follow, please check the WSSCC website for updates.

 RSVP! If you are interested in attending this event, please send your name, title, organization and contact details to rsvp@wsscc.org

Unfortunately there is no funding available for sponsoring participants to attend this event, any costs for travel and lodging will be the responsibility of the participant, however live-streaming of the event will be available to those interested in virtual attendance.


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