COP22 Conference Report: “Climate Change, Human Migration and Health”

On November 9, 2016, around 70 participants joined the side event “Climate Change, Human migration & Health” organized by the CVV at the COP22 in Marrakech. This event was organized in collaboration with the USPC research group “Politics of the Earth”, the University of Geneva, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University Cadi Ayad, in partnership with international organizations, academia and the private sector.

The event included two roundtables, in which panellists presented their perspectives and engaged in discussion with one another and the audience. The first one explored the theme of migration as an adaptation strategy against climate change and the second one the impacts of climate change on health.

The nexus of climate change, human migration and health is a distinct and complex issue. It involves the multiple impacts of environmental, economic and social – especially gender-based issues on the lives of people, leading to decisions by individuals about whether, when and where to migrate. It is important to take a holistic view of the complex interactions and, above all, provide clear evidence for policymakers that can help dispel misperceptions and contribute to mitigation of effects and beneficial adaptation.

This event built on the previous CVV conference “Climate migration and Health” held at the French Embassy in Berlin in June 2016.

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