COP22 Conference – Side Event “Climate Change, Human Migration & Health”

From November 7th to November 18th, Marrakech will welcome the 22nd United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Climate change is now widely recognized as a key driver of migration and displacement in many regions of the world. At the same time, the public health community is investigating the health impacts of climate change, but these three dimensions have not often been linked. On November 9th, at the COP22 Conference Center in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, major public health actors will present the implications of climate change for migration, give tangible solutions and address research priorities in Global Health.

What is the interlinkage between Climate Change, Human Migration and Health ?

Over time, the changes in climate causing phenomena such as droughts and rises in sea level also result in people being forced to move. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced from their homes each year by disasters brought on by natural hazards, the equivalent to one person displaced every second. By 2050 it is estimated that 200 million to 1 billion people per year will be displaced due to weather related events.

In 2009 the Lancet and the University College London Commission warned: “climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. If it is clear that climate change relates to population movements through affecting local factors such as food production, availability of fresh water and useful land, few studies have been done on the relationship between climate, migration and health.

The University Sorbonne Paris Cité represented by the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin together with USPC research group “Politiques de la Terre”, the University of Geneva, and the University Cadi Ayad, in partnership with international organizations, academia and the private sector, are organizing this conference that aims at giving a comprehensive approach of the topic.

A comprehensive and interdisciplinary conference

This conference will bring together scientists and experts to share, better understand, and advise, through a transdisciplinary approach, some tangible solutions to enhance the health context of climate migrants. The topics covered will include: migration as an adaptation strategy against climate change, climate migration and its impacts on health as well as open questions aimed at discussing the future research priorities for global health.

This event is open to civil society, policy makers, academics, foundations, opinion leaders and to any person interested on the issue of climate change, migration and health.

Practical Information:

November 9th, 2016
From 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m
Room1, Bab Ighli Conference Center, Cop22, Marrakech

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