20 Dec 2021

Human Mobility, Human Rights and Climate Change at the Human Rights Council

  • Date
    05 Oct 2021, 13:30pm
  • Location

1:30pm – 3:00pm CEST

This event is taking place on the occasion of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

This side event aims to put the human rights of persons displaced in the context of the adverse effects of climate change, and in particular slow-onset events, back on the agenda of the Human Rights Council (HRC). It aims to provide a space for discussion of the challenges of implementing a human rights-based approach to avert, minimize and address displacement, and of existing effective practices. Building on the discussions and recommendations emerging in the HRC and other fora on the issue, the event aims to formulate recommendations to States, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to better understand and address the specific protection needs of persons displaced internally and across borders due to the adverse effects of climate change, from a human rights perspective. The event will focus on experiences and practices from Asia-Pacific and the Sahel.

Moderator: Prof. Walter Kaelin, Envoy of the Chair of the PDD.


  • Mr Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Luxembourg;
  • Ms Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons;
  • Ms Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of the NGO Friendship in Bangladesh;
  • Mr Laouali Labo, Permanent Representative of Niger to the UN in Geneva;
  • Mr Anare Leweniqila, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN in Geneva.

More information on the event is available on PDD official web page


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