november, 2017

13nov3:00 pm- 5:30 pmCOP23 Side-Event: Climate change induced displacement

Event Details

Concept note

Side-event on Climate Change-induced displacement

CNDH – Hugo Observatory – UNCCD – IOM – Virchow-Villermé Center

Bonn, Monday, 13 November, 3 – 4.30 pm


90  min slot, Moroccan pavilion – French/English translation available


Awareness of environmental migration challenges is relatively recent. Climate change-induced migration and mobility have increased sharply in recent decades, however, particularly in vulnerable areas. It is the case particularly in Africa and island States, where climate change affects the lives of the most vulnerable populations.


Vulnerability is further accelerated by human activity as the environmental changes have affected migration flows in Africa and elsewhere.


The lack of comprehensive data is one of the main reasons why we still ignore the realities and all issues related to environmental migration, which forces vulnerable people to move, usually, within national borders or to locations within sort-distances. But many countries lack the statistical tools to assess and detect such movements. It’s true that the link between migration and the environment is not new, but the tensions between different visions, centered on the environment, on the one hand, or focusing on migration, on the other, make the definition more complex, which make it very urgent now to intensify the efforts to fully understand the phenomenon and take appropriate actions.


The gathering will shed light on the phenomenon, try to give an exact overview of the situation, and tackle progress in scientific knowledge and the related rights protection prospects and challenges.


Positive initiatives will be shared during this event, which aims to contribute to the efforts made to involve the different stakeholders, support the implementation of the commitments that have been made, and better understand the phenomenon. The meeting is held within the framework of the consultations process and the local, national and supranational exchanges, which have tried to identify the mechanisms that can contribute to reducing environmental degradation and limiting the negative impacts of climate change-induced displacement and access to rights.




François Gemenne, Researcher in political science at the University of Liège and Sciences-Po Paris, Director of the Hugo Observatory;

Barbara Bendandi, Program Officer (Migration) UNCCD;

Mariam Traore Chazanoel, Thematic Specialist – Migration, Environment and Climate Change, IOM;

Ayman Cherkaoui, Special adviser to the COP 22 Presidency


Moderator: Anneliese Depoux, Co-Director, Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health.



(Monday) 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm



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