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

A registration link for this event will be shared soon


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 the 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 and sending and receiving areas could be minimized by increasing adaptive capacities (high confidence). It improves the degree of choice under which migration decisions are made. It, in turn, ensures safe and orderly movements of people within and between countries (high confidence)’ (IPCC, 2022).

Diverse stakeholders (e.g., governments, civil society, academia, private sector, etc), increasingly recognize adaptation and loss and damage cannot be addressed in silos. Neither can human mobility in the context of climate change. 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. The aim will be 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

The proposed side event in Bonn 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 will be 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.

The side event will have speakers from the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, Adaptation Committee, the Government of Moldova, IOM, Bread for the World, and Act Alliance. The side event would be moderated by IOM.


  • Moderator: Manuel Marques Pereira, Head, Migration, Environment Climate Change and Risk Reduction Division, IOM 
  • Speaker 1: TBC
  • Speaker 2: Koko Warner, Director, Global Data Institute, IOM
  • Speaker 3: Government of Moldova (TBC)
  • Speaker 4: Sabine Minninger, Bread for the World
  • Speaker 5: Katherine Braun, Act Alliance
  • Speaker 6: TBC