22 May 2023

Towards People-Centred Adaptation – Enabling Choice, Resilience, and Mobility

  • Date
    07 Jun 2023, 16:45pm
  • Location
    WCCB Bonn, Kaminzimmer Room
  • Organizer

    IOM, Act Alliance, Bread for the World, and the Danish Church Aid

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The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube


Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of sudden-onset hazards as well as leading to rainfall and snowfall variability, heatwaves, protracted droughts, and glacial melt. The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group II Report of the Sixth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that the negative impacts of climate-related displacement and involuntary migration for migrants in sending and receiving areas could be minimized by increasing adaptive capacities. This would improve the degree of choice under which migration decisions are made and in turn, ensure safe and orderly movements of people within and between countries (IPCC, 2022).

Through the Paris Agreement, Parties to the UNFCCC have called for a strengthening of global cooperation to ensure that adaptation action is based on and guided by the best available science. Quality data and tools are essential to measuring progress to avert, minimize and address the impacts of climate change on human mobility and support governments in developing appropriate and effective response strategies. Adaptation planning is beginning to recognize that when enabling conditions are in place, human mobility can increase adaptive potential. To further unlock the benefits of human mobility in adaptation planning, it is important that the UNFCCC loss and damage tract considers human mobility as well.

Stakeholders increasingly recognize adaptation and loss and damage cannot be addressed in silos. Building upon the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the UNFCCC in Sharm El-Sheikh, including the decision on establishing a Loss and Damage Fund that also recognizes human mobility-related issues, it is important to continue mobilizing stakeholders at the SB58 in Bonn, Germany. It is important to further integrate human mobility perspectives into adaptation and loss and damage related discussions, as Parties renew and develop new commitments ahead of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28).

Event Information

This event will provide a platform for diverse stakeholders to discuss how data and policy enable choice, resilience, and mobility and calls upon Parties to close the protection gap for people on the move due to the impacts of climate change and variability. This side event is co-organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Bread for the World, and the Danish Church Aid. The total duration of the event will be 75 minutes.


Moderator: Mr. Manuel Marques Pereira, Head, Migration, Environment Climate Change and Risk Reduction Division, IOM 

Opening remarks 1: Ms. Mariam Allam, Co-Chair of the Adaptation Committee, UNFCCC
Opening remarks 2: Mr. Frode Neergaard, Co-Chair, Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, UNFCCC 

  • Speaker 1: Ms. Koko Warner, Director, Global Data Institute, IOM
  • Speaker 2: Ms. Stela Drucioc, Head of Air Policy and Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment, Government of Moldova
  • Speaker 3: Ms. Sabine Minninger, Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Bread for the World
  • Speaker 4: Ms. Katherine Braun, ACT Alliance

Closing remarks: Mr. Manuel Marques Pereira, Head, Migration, Environment Climate Change and Risk Reduction Division, IOM