Human Mobility at COP23

As COP23 started on Monday, 6 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, it is important to continue bringing awareness of the migration implications of climate change, one of the most tangible social consequences of the changing climate. The Fiji presidency of COP23 highlights the plight of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are threatened by rising sea levels and more frequent and intense extreme weather events. In many of these islands, populations have no other choice than to migrate further inland to cope with the rising seas, and the relocation of populations is also becoming more frequent. Throughout the world, millions of people each year migrate to escape the ravages of land degradation or are displaced due to storms and hurricanes.

Two years after the landmark COP21 Paris Agreement that called for States to protect the rights of migrants and mandated the creation of a Task Force on Displacement (to which IOM is a Member), COP23 represents the opportunity to take stock of the progress accomplished at the policy and programmatic levels to respond to the complex issue of climate migration. Indeed, with IOM technical support, climate migration concerns have been anchored institutionally in the work of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (Excom/WIM) under the UNFCCC. The work of the Excom - a group of States custodian of the Task Force on Displacement and which has also recently endorsed their five-year work plan comprising a dedicated stream of work on climate migration -  is another clear sign of the institutionalization of migration issues within the climate negotiations. The Excom will present a report of its activities at COP23 and will also hold a series of policy discussions related to their work programme.

Climate Migration Events at COP 23

Over 15 official side events will be dedicated during the two-week negotiations to climate migration and displacement, touching upon various angles sur as labour, health, gender, human rights, rule of law, ocean, land, cultural heritage, data and research agriculture and protection

IOM co-organizes six of these events and has speaking engagements in another six events. In particular, as in previous years, IOM leads on the One UN Event entitled “Climate-related Human Mobility: Connecting the dots to implement the Paris Agreement”, co-organized with UNHCR in partnership with 9 other UN agencies. IOM event will aim at providing recommendations to the Taskforce on Displacement from a variety of thematic angles with a view to continue providing technical support to the Excom and the Taskforce, as has been the case since 2013.

Climate fragility risks in the Asia-Pacific Region
6 November 2017 | 17h00 to 18h00 | Japanese Pavilion
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan

The adverse effects of climate change on human mobility: Opportunities for averting, minimizing and addressing displacement
7 November 2017 | 10h30 to 11h15 | German Pavilion
Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and BMZ        

Addressing climate-induced displacement/migration and non-economic L&D in the Asia–Pacific region 
7 November 2017 | 16h45 to 18h15 | Meeting Room 11
ActionAid International, Bread for the World, CEN, WCC, CANSA

Climate-related human mobility: Connecting the dots to implement the Paris Agreement
8 November 2017 | 13h15 to 14h45 | Meeting Room 12
IOM and UNHCR

Just transition for all and a human right based approach to climate action
8 November 2017 | 13h15 to 14h45 | Meeting Room 7
ILO with OHCHR, IOM, UNESCO, WHO, WFP, UN WOMEN   

Displacement, human mobility and climate change
8 November 2017 | 11h30 to 13h00 | Meeting Room 7
NRC, COAST, OXFAM

Displacements induced by El Niño: a public health issue 
8 November 2017 | 11h30 to 13h00 | Meeting Room 4
Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) and University of Geneva 

Limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C: Implications on food security, displacement and migration
9 November 2017 | 18h30 to 20h00 | Meeting Room 7
ActionAid International, Bread for the World, CANSA, CEN, WCC              

ONE UN – Land use including agriculture/forest
Climate action for food security: harvesting adaptation and mitigation benefits in the land sector 
         
9 November 2017 | 18h30 to 20h00 | Meeting Room 7
FAO with IFAD, WFP, UNESCO, IOM, UN WOMEN                 

From Science to action: Ocean and climate alliance
10 November 2017 | 11h30 to 13h00 | French Pavilion
Ocean and Climate Alliance

ONE UN – Oceans and coastal zones 
Ocean and climate: A resilient ocean for future generations 

11 November 2017 | 18h30 to 20h00 | French Pavilion
UN-Oceans with UNU, WHO, UNHCR, IOM, ESCAP, FAO, IAEA, IOC-UNESCO

Climate change-induced displacement
13 November 2017 | 16h00 to 17h30 | Moroccan Pavilion
CNDH, UNCCD and IOM

Migration as a climate change adaptation strategy: Impacts, challenges, and potentials from a gender perspective              
14 November 2017 | 15h10 to 16h10 | Talanoa Space in the Bonn Zone
The State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia on behalf of the network Gender @ international Bonn

Adaptation in motion
14 November 2017 | 10h00 to 12h00 | German Development Institute
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik DIE, TransRe / University of Bonn, Arizona State University ASU, UNU-EHS, University of Vienna, IOM

High-Level Segment
15 November 2017

To see all COP23 side events, visit the UNFCCC website