Human Mobility in the Context of Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation – Ten Insights from the GCM Baseline Mapping Report
In a field as cross-cutting and complex as human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation, analyzing policy development can be a daunting task. This is particularly true in the absence of baseline information against which progress can be measured. In December 2018, the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), provided the opportunity to tackle this challenge: for the first time, UN Member States made specific commitments to address the drivers that compel people to leave their countries of origin in disaster and climate change contexts, and to protect and assist those on the move.
More than three years later, in May 2022, UN Member States and other actors will meet to assess progress in the implementation of the GCM at the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF). To this end, the GCM baseline mapping report offers important insights into the extent to which governments and other actors have so far moved the policy needle on addressing human mobility in disaster and climate change contexts.
Here are ten key insights derived from the Global Compact for Migration Baseline Mapping Report, focusing on three broad questions:
- What have we learned from the baseline mapping?
- What do the findings reveal about GCM implementation?
- What to do next?