World Water Day 2019: Leaving no one behind

Thursday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH Cabaret

When the 2030 Agenda was adopted in 2015, all countries and stakeholders set out an ambitious agenda envisaging a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want. A world where all life can thrive and where no one is left behind. At a time of immense global challenges – poverty, inequalities, natural disasters, humanitarian crises and forced displacement, the 2019 edition of World Water Day looks at why people have been left behind and how access to water and sanitation and sustainable water management can be drivers of change.

In this session, participants will get an opportunity to learn more about what it means to leave no one behind and identify ways to be actively involved. 

The 2019 World Water Day campaign is coordinated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on behalf of UN-Water. 

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


09:00 Welcome 

Marianne Kjellen, UNDP

09:05 Water: Big ideas and important stories

Autumn Peltier, Civil Society representative

Maiwen Dot Pheot Ngalueth, Refugee and Migrant representative

Elodia Castillo Vásquez, Leader of the Mayan indigenous community Ch´orti

09:25 What does 'Leaving no one behind' mean when it comes to water? 

Rio Hada, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

09:40 Introduction to the 2019 World Water Development Report on Leaving no one behind

Stefan Uhlenbrook, UNESCO WWAP

09:55 Think, meet, talk

Audience exchange with speakers and campaign engagement ideas

10:25 Wrap up

Alexander Otte, UNESCO