Climate Change, Migration and Displacement

How does climate interact with existing vulnerabilities and risks? To what extent can we attribute migration and displacement to climate change?

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International processes, particularly those on migration and displacement, climate change and disaster risk reduction, increasingly refer to the links between climate change and human mobility. However, these links are not always grounded in evidence, and this increased attention has not led to the coordinated, significant policy or legislative change that is required.

But while the precise relationship between hazard and mobility is not easily tracked, it is clear that climate is influencing patterns of migration and displacement. How does climate interact with existing vulnerabilities and risks? To what extent can we attribute migration and displacement to climate change? What about conflict and insecurity?

Programme

Moderator: Professor Dan Banik, SUM, University of Oslo

09.00 – 09.40 Presentation of report, by Jan Kellet & Aliou Dia

09.40 – 10.00 Q&A

A light breakfast will be served.

Recent report

At this seminar, Jan Kellet, Special Advisor for External Engagement on Climate, Disaster and Energy at UNDP, and Aliou Dia, UNDP Africa Regional Team Leader for Climate Change, Energy and Disaster Risk Reduction, will present the main findings from a recent ODI/UNDP report, Climate Change, Migration and Displacement: The need for a risk-informed and coherent approach.

About the speakers

Jan Kellet is a Special Advisor for External Engagement within the climate, disaster and energy team of UNDP, responsible for: partnerships; advocacy and communications; research, evidence and innovation. He has been a core member of UNDP’s global advocacy around risk and climate, including the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Financing for Development Forum and the Paris Climate Negotiations.

 

Aliou Dia is the UNDP Africa Regional Team Leader for Climate Change, Energy and Disaster Risk Reduction at the Regional Hub based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He leads UNDP’s work on Climate Change in Africa mainly focusing on adaptation, finance, loss and damage, climate security, etc. Over the last 3 years, he has been pioneered the establishment of the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI).

Published May 22, 2018 10:48 AM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2020 5:03 PM