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CLIMATE CHANGE & DISPLACEMENT: AN ALARMING SITUATION

In June 2008, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) has established a Task Force on Climate Change.

UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other partners were instrumental, stressing the importance to find concrete solutions to cross-border displacement.

The relation between human mobility, climate change and disasters and the willingness of specialized agencies to undertake effective responses represented the key issues of the debates.

These international efforts led to the he adoption of Paragraph 14 (f) of Decision 1 CP/16 of the COP 16 held in Cancún in 2010. This new Paragraph has represented a step forward, inviting all States parties to cooperate in order to establish effective and concrete measures to enhance understanding and coordination with regard to climate change induced displacement at the national, regional and international levels. This decision represented an important basis to improve further actions in order to address human mobility caused by climate change. Additionally, this decision represents a significant incentive for adaptation funding to foster strategies on migration, displacement and planned relocation.

Furthermore, states, UNHCR and other participants in the Bellagio Roundtable on Climate Change and Displacement highlighted the importance to establish a global guiding framework on displacement caused by climate change, in order to guarantee to people forced to move due to environmental factors the same protection of those covered by the 1951 Refugee Convention.

In line with that, in June 2011, Norway’s Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement established some important principles including recognition of the importance to achieve a more coherent approach at the international level, in order to meet the adequate level of protection. Additionally, this Conference was established with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of such cross border movements at relevant regional and sub-regional levels, developing consensus on how to assist in the best way and protect the affected people.

Following this path, in March 2014 UNHCR, together with the Brookings Institution and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration, organized a consultation on relocation and climate change, especially analysing the complex issue of planned relocations made necessary by disasters, severe environmental degradation, and the longer-term effects of climate change.

To reinforce this result, UNHCR and other key actors such as the Brookings Institution and ISIM will continue to foster their cooperation to advance the discussion on the issue of planned relocation in the context of disasters and climate change.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

(Source: UNHCR)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.