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 have confirmed their interest to 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.

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).

Case studies will be presented with other recent action research from partners at a future workshop in Geneva.

WSSCC will post updates on this page.

 

 

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