Second Meeting of Implementation of "Water for Human Settlements" theme of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme

When :

from Tuesday 17 December, 2019
to Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Type of event :

Consultative Meeting

Where :

Paris, France

The Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO is organizing the Second Meeting of Water for Human Settlements related Chairs and Centres at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The meeting’s objective is to discuss and update on current activities and joint areas of work related to urban water.

Furthermore, it will discuss the way forward, vis-à-vis the Medium-term Strategy outlined in the Eight phase of the IHP (IHP-VIII), the "Nairobi Matrix" and IHP-IX Strategy.

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN-Habitat have been invited and will be participating in the discussion.

Following the First Meeting in 2018, this Second Meeting will serve as an opportunity for relevant Chairs, Centers, and the Secretariat of IHP to:
1. Update and discuss the current activities and joint areas of work under the Theme 4: Water for Human Settlements;

2. Discuss the way forward, vis-à-vis the Medium-term Strategy outlined in IHP-VIII, the "Nairobi Matrix" and IHP-IX Strategy:
a. Identify the activities required;
b. Identify the Chairs/Centers responsible for the implementation of each activity;
c. Prepare a work plan for 40/C5
d. Identify gaps and needs to be addressed under the framework of IHP-IX.

UNESCO as the scientific arm of the United Nations family is expected to lead the scientific and research agenda of future challenges. The IHP is the only intergovernmental programme of the United Nations system devoted to water research and management, and related education and capacity development.
Following the IHP-VIII’s (2014-2021) objective of putting science into action required for water security, the IHP-IX (2022-2029) will guide significantly the next phase of water development.

Currently, the first order draft of IHP-IX is undergoing the second in-depth consultation with the UNESCO Water Family to further develop the draft document and adapt it to the needs of the Member States and other Water Family Members.

Reference documents:

Final report of Nairobi Meeting (11-13 September 2013)

Strategy Plan for IHP-VIII (2014-2021)

Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) Theme 4 Water and Human Settlements

Contact: Mr Alexandros Makarigakis,