IMRF Hybrid Side Event | Facilitating Safe and Regular Migration Pathways in a Changing Climate: Lessons from GCM Implementation
Hybrid Side Event – Facilitating Safe and Regular Migration Pathways in a Changing Climate: Lessons…
Addressing natural disasters, adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation
– solutions for human mobility and human security
9 December 2018, 17:30 – 19:00 room Palmeraie, Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel, Marrakech
UN Environment, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Platform on Disaster Displacement, UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN Trust Fund for Human Security and the Norwegian Refugee Council
The final text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) recognizes disasters linked to natural hazards, the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation as drivers that may compel people to leave their countries of origin. With the GCM the states commit to develop disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation and resilience mechanisms to address the vulnerabilities of persons at risk and affected by such hazards and drivers. The GCM also includes a commitment to implement actions to protect human rights and find solutions for people compelled to move in such contexts.
This side event will bring together member states and international organizations to present policy instruments and effective practices in promoting environmental, disaster risk reduction, adaptation and resilience mechanisms so people are not compelled to seek livelihoods and housing elsewhere, and effective practices to ensure that migration is safe, orderly and regular when people have to move or decide to move.
The impacts of climate change on human security are seen in countries across the globe. For instance, changes in rainfall patterns fueled by climate change affect the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists in Sudan, and risk worsening existing tensions around land and water access. In Somalia, severe drought has impacted deforestation, access to traditional energy sources, and the stability of the country and the region. In Nepal, climate change is contributing to extreme weather events such as floods, which combined with underlying vulnerabilities contributes to internal and external migration. However, cooperation on preservation of shared or common natural resources and environmental challenges can build resilience and trust among communities. Together, the organizers of this side event are translating their collective experience and insights on migration, climate, environment, human rights and human security risks into operational engagement and action on building resilience and improving relevant policies and management practices.
The objective of the side event is to raise awareness of and promote effective practices and policy instruments to minimize climate change, environment and natural hazard related drivers that compel people to leave their countries of origin, and encourage new commitments in this regard. The side event will promote a “360 degrees vision” and address both the drivers and impacts on people deciding to migrate or forced to move, with possible consequences for societal stability and human security. It will also focus on solutions for vulnerable populations for whom adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change or measures to reduce the risk of disasters may no longer be possible, and who need assistance and protection, with full respect for their rights. The main messages of the side event will include;
Climate change, environmental, disaster risk reduction and development action together can help those who wish to remain in their country of origin;
In addition to the messages detailed above, the side event will highlight the following mechanisms for implementation of the relevant GCM objectives;
In terms of follow-up to the side event, the organizers expect that side event will help to;
Panel discussion with
Facilitation by Ms. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Her Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
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Download the draft Concept Note
Download the list of disaster displacement related topics at the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration
Download the summary of decisions from the 8th meeting of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Executive Committee Meeting. The recommendations from the Task Force on Displacement, adopted by the Executive Committee, can be found under item 5.
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