How UNHCR will make a difference
In 2024,UNHCR will provide WASH services to forcibly displaced people in new life-saving responses and protracted situations in 34 countries. In line with the “Operational strategy for climate resilience and environmental sustainability 2022- 2025”, UN member States’ commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact on Refugees, UNHCR will advocate for increasingly sustainable and climate-resilient WASH services.
UNHCR will also advocate for the systematic inclusion of forcibly displaced populations in national WASH services and related plans, as in Uganda where a number of water systems are being handed over to district water authorities, and in Ethiopia, where water supply systems are being developed in direct collaboration with the Government and development partners.
Through Project Flow’s innovative financing mechanisms, UNHCR is aiming to solarize at least 20 water systems in 2024, supporting the global effort to mitigate climate change while also improving the water service levels and sustainable use of groundwater. Additional feasibility studies, including water and energy assessments, and detailed designs will be undertaken to reach the eventual target of solarizing 180 water systems, servicing host communities as well as the forcibly displaced population.
Top ten operational budgets for Clean water, sanitation and hygiene (USD millions)
UNHCR will further consolidate the use of smart water sensors (SWS) for improved management of water supplies. 10 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including Bangladesh, Iraq and Uganda, will benefit from real-time monitoring of multiple operational variables including water network performance, groundwater levels, water quality and energy consumption. Trends and gaps in water systems efficiency, groundwater and energy use will be monitored from a distance, facilitating easier and more regular oversight. This data and analysis provide strong evidence to enable optimization and greater efficiency, reducing the operating cost, saving water, and increasing environmental sustainability.
As part of its efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change, UNHCR will strengthen the climate resiliency of critical WASH infrastructure, for example through infrastructure enhancements to prevent damage by floods and sustainable water resource management.
Sony Group Corporation strengthens efforts to support refugee health and access to safe water
The Sony Group Corporation has been supporting UNHCR in addressing the needs of forcibly displaced people since 2001. From the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic Sony stepped up to support UNHCR’s response, making a $3 million contribution in 2020. In 2023, Sony strengthened its partnership with UNHCR to support COVID-19 recovery efforts in Bangladesh and in southern Africa, donating $6 million over three years for health care, water, sanitation, and hygiene, bringing long-term benefits for people who have been forced to flee.