Climate change impacts and increases human vulnerabilities in multiple, inter-related ways, including those related to livelihoods and decent work deficits in contexts affected by disaster, conflict, and other crisis. Human mobility in its varied forms and contexts may play a role as an adaptive response, or one which highlights the limits of adaptation. Women and men who are displaced or migrate across borders without regular pathways may be forced into irregular and insecure channels, and into the informal economy where they risk many forms of exploitation. Their skills and talents may not be recognized and their contribution to social and economic resilience significantly reduced.
The best available science shows that to avert and mitigate further climate displacement and build capacities to manage crisis, member states must invest significantly in Climate Resilient Development. The latest IPCC assessment report recognises that the GCM and GCR “provide pathways for coordinated international responses to climate-related migration and displacement”. This points towards a comprehensive approach to climate induced human mobility in adaptation planning, linking new global guidance such as from the UNFCCC WIM Task Force on Displacement (TfD), the GCM, the PDD and UNDRR Global Platform. The IMRF and the 1st global stocktake of the Paris Agreement are policy opportunities that underscore the importance of this dialogue.
The UN Network Thematic Workstream on Climate Change brings together climate and migration communities to promote coherent responses to these issues. This event will showcase the latest evidence, studies and guidance being undertaken by the UNFCCC and UN Network partners, and promoting discussion on ways forward towards the Climate COP27 in Sharm-el-Sheikh.
The event is co-sponsored by the Philippines and the UN Network on Migration Thematic Priority 4 (ILO, IOM, UNFCCC (co-chairs), FAO, Platform on Disaster Displacement, UNHCR).