An estimated 200 million working animals play a critical role in supporting the livelihoods of hundreds of people in low and middle-income countries, through their contribution both in rural and urban settings for essential resource provision and growth. Every day, they provide access to markets, educational premises and health clinics; and offer affordable draught and transportation power for increased productivity and income generation within agricultural and industrial activities. Working animals prove crucial in lessening labour burden on social groups, by performing essential activities such as collecting and carrying water otherwise allocated to women and children
According to the Global Risks Report 2019 issued by the World Economic Forum, extreme weather events, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation and natural disasters occupy the first four positions in the top 10-risk list in terms of likelihood and impact. This New York Climate Change Week event will look at positive case studies focussing on the role that working animals have in providing sustainable solutions to address the effect of climate change in mountain regions. The event will particularly concentrate on a number of Sustainable Development Goals and their relevant targets: SDG 13, 6, 5 and 3.