This section features articles reflecting perspectives on disaster displacement. Members of our Steering Group and Advisory Committee are welcome to share their views here.

Seven reasons the UN Refugee Convention should not include ‘climate refugees’

Seven reasons the UN Refugee Convention should not include ‘climate refugees’

By Professor Jane McAdam, member of the Advisory Committee - Wednesday, 7 June, 2017. Article first published in the Sydney Morning Herald.   Critics of the United Nations Refugee Convention…

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Security Implications of Climate Change: Sea Level Rise – Presentation by Prof. Walter Kaelin to the Security Council

Security Implications of Climate Change: Sea Level Rise – Presentation by Prof. Walter Kaelin to the Security Council

Security Implications of Climate Change: Sea Level Rise - Presentation by Prof. Walter Kaelin to the Security Council. Walter Kaelin is the Adviser to the Chair of the Platform on…

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El reto de la migración ambiental en Mesoamérica y el Caribe

El reto de la migración ambiental en Mesoamérica y el Caribe

Article in Spanish published on the website of IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean El cambio climático que se ha venido acentuando en las últimas décadas…

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Interview: preparing for climate and disaster migration

Interview: preparing for climate and disaster migration

Article published in openDemocracy on 10 March 2017, interview by Cameron Thibos As sea levels rise, lands dry out, and disasters linked to natural hazards become more common, more and more people…

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The Atlas of Environmental Migration

The Atlas of Environmental Migration

Human migration, environment and climate change 13 February 2017 By Daria Mokhnacheva, PDD Programme Officer in IOM, Thematic Specialist at the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM),…

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After the Storm – A Message from Costa Rica

After the Storm – A Message from Costa Rica

Hurricane Otto hits Central America 12 December 2016 By Juan Carlos Méndez, PDD Regional Adviser in Costa Rica Hurricane Otto landed in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday 24 November…

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Excerpts of Mr. Achim Steiner’s Speech at the Advisory Committee Workshop

Excerpts of Mr. Achim Steiner’s Speech at the Advisory Committee Workshop

Learn more about Mr. Steiner’s perspective on disaster displacement and his role as Envoy 14 October 2016 By Mr. Achim Steiner, Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Director…

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Forced to flee

Forced to flee

The catastrophic effect of climate change on mass migration is undeniable. How can governments protect migrants and the communities that give them refuge? 14 September 2016 By Walter Kälin Professor…

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UNHCR distributes relief aid to Belize hurricane displaced

UNHCR distributes relief aid to Belize hurricane displaced

The UN Refugee Agency and its partners are to provide relief and reconstruction assistance to the victims of Hurricane Earl, including asylum-seekers from the Northern Triangle. By: Brooke Del Greco and…

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Quitter son île dans la dignité

Quitter son île dans la dignité

Interview published in French, German and Italian in Un Seul Monde Un seul monde: Selon qu’ils sont chassés par la guerre ou la misère, les migrants n’ont pas les mêmes chances…

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Disaster displacement: the time to act is now

Disaster displacement: the time to act is now

Article published in the New World Magazine. Walter Kälin is former Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative and former UN Special Representative on the Human Rights of Internally…

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Fleeing Floods, Earthquakes, Droughts and Rising Sea Levels: 12 Lessons Learned About Protecting People Displaced by Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change

Fleeing Floods, Earthquakes, Droughts and Rising Sea Levels: 12 Lessons Learned About Protecting People Displaced by Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change

12 LESSONS LEARNEDEvery year, millions of people are forcibly displaced by floods,tropical storms, earthquakes, droughts, glacial melting, and othernatural hazards. Many find refuge within their own country butsome have to…

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