Cross-Border Human Mobility and Human Rights in the Context of Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation

Sep 24, 2020

Thursday 24 September 2020, 3-4.30 pm CEST

Building on the outcomes of the Human Rights Council (HRC) panel discussion on human rights, climate change, migrants and persons displaced across international borders (October 2017), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expert meeting and study on the slow-onset effects of climate change and human rights protection for cross-border migrants, the High Commissioner’s report on human rights, migration and climate change (A/HRC/38/21) as well as the GCM, the event has set the following objectives: 

  • Continue the conversation on the interplay between human rights in the context of climate change and cross-border human mobility by sharing analyses and evidence from different regions;
  • Take stock and promote legal and political recommendations to address the protection gaps for cross-border migrants and displaced persons in the context of slow-onset disasters and the adverse effects of climate change;
  • Explore opportunities and address critical issues regarding the implementation of safe and regular pathways for migration as called for by the Global Compact for Migration (especially, its Objectives 2, 5 and 7).
Event programme:
15:00 – 15:15
Opening Remarks by the Representative of France, Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement
Welcome and Objectives
15:15 – 15:45    
Panel presentations on slow-onset events and cross-border human mobility
Lauren Nishimura, author of the study ‘The Slow Onset Effects of Climate Change and Human Rights Protection for Cross-Border Migrants’
Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan,  Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva
Civil society representative from the Sahel region (tbc)
Guiding Questions:
What are the protection gaps remaining to protect and fulfil human rights effectively in the context of climate-related cross-border human mobility?
What initiatives are being piloted at the national level?
How can GCM implementation regarding Objectives 2, 5 and 7 be fostered?
15:45 – 16:15
Moderated plenary discussion based on questions asked by participants
Closing Remarks

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Event Type: 
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