The environment has always been a driver of migration, as people flee to survive natural disasters or, faced with harsh and deteriorating environmental conditions, move to seek opportunities elsewhere. Climate change is expected to exacerbate sudden- and slow-onset disasters and gradual environmental degradation. |
Forced Migration Review Issue 59, October 2018: Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
The Committee on International Lae and Sea Level Rise adopted Resolution 6/2018 at the 78th Conference of the International Law Association, held in Sydney, Australia, 19–24 August 2018.
The second meeting of the Task Force on Displacement took place on 13-14 September 2018, in Bonn, Germany. The aim of the meeting was to finalize the "recommendations for integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change” as mandated by COP21.
At the UN Summit, the world came together around one plan. Member States have reached agreement by consensus on a powerful outcome document.
Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration
Second informal thematic session on “Addressing drivers of migration, including the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and human-made crises, through protection and assistance, sustainable development and poverty eradication, conflict prevention and resolution”
22-23 May 2017, United Nations Headquarters, New York
The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) offers a unique opportunity to build on global frameworks and instruments to address the challenges of human mobility in the context of disasters and the adverse effects of climate change and to synthesize their messages in a coherent and cross-cutting way. Member States were encouraged to promote these messages during the GCM process.