COP28 is the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and it is hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Conference is scheduled to take place from November 30 until December 12, 2023, at the Expo City, Dubai. COP28 brings the world together at a critical moment for global transformative climate action. 

The COP28 Presidency has announced a two-week thematic program, which incorporates four cross-cutting themes that underpin effective, interconnected delivery: Technology & Innovation, Inclusion, Frontline Communities and Finance. This thematic program can be found here

Climate Migration at COP28

As outlined in the 2023 Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “increasing adaptive capacity minimizes risk associated with involuntary migration and immobility and improves the degree of choice under which migration decisions are made.” IOM works to support the recognition of human mobility linked to climate change in policy and programmatic action at international, regional, national, and local levels, in line with the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Disasters alone led to  a record number of 32.6 million new internal displacements in 2022, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s 2023 Global Report on Internal Displacement:

  • 10.1 million disaster displacements in East Asia and the Pacific in 2022
  • 12.5 million disaster displacements in South Asia in 2022
  • 7.5 million disaster displacements in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2022
  • 2.1 million disaster displacements in the Americas in 2022
  • 107,000 disaster displacements in Europe and Central Asia in 2022
  • 305,000 disaster displacements in the Middle East and North Africa in 2022. 

Ahead of COP28, IOM reaffirms its commitment to deliver solutions, and urges on all UNFCCC parties to:

  1. Scale up climate adaptation to enable empowered and informed decisions on human mobility by individuals, communities, and governments.

    • Strengthen people’s resilience through prevention and risk reduction action, including preparedness and early warning measures that enhance climate resilient development and offer people the choice to stay in dignity and safety in their areas of origin. These efforts should be financed and implemented by diverse range of actors, including the private sector.

    • Facilitate people’s movement out of harm’s way when faced with irreversible climate impacts, either through safe and regular migration pathways, including labor mobility, should be facilitated to offer opportunities to communities of origin and destination, harvest the potential of migration for the benefit of all. 

  2. Strengthen solidarity with countries and people most vulnerable to climate impacts, including people already on the move, by significantly scaling up adequate, predictable, debt-free climate finance, including the new funding arrangements and loss and damage fund. Efforts should address human mobility and the impacts of both sudden-onset events and slow-onset events and processes, and strengthen integrated approaches to anticipatory action, humanitarian assistance, and climate resilient development. 

  3. Accelerate the just transition to achieve robust and equitable mitigation outcomes as key step to avert the adverse impacts of climate change on human mobility. Efforts should focus on investing in solutions towards economic diversification and the creation of descent work, including in the green and blue sectors, with focus on youth employment, displaced and migrant workers.

  4. Enhance the inclusive mobilization of the whole of society, bringing together public actors and private partners, civil society, women, youth, indigenous peoples, migrants, displaced persons and affected communities as part f decision-making processes related to climate change and human mobility. This action should promote integrated human rights, child-sensitive and gender-responsive approaches to migration governance and climate action.  

Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Events at COP28

1 Dec. 8:30AM Blue Zone | The Philippines Pavilion Exploring the Nexus: Migration and Climate Change Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs  
1 Dec. 09:45AM-10:45AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Harnessing Climate Mobility for Adaptation and Resilience  IOM and GCCM  
1-10 Dec. 12:00-14:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion The Youth Lead the Way  IOM an GCCM  

1 Dec. 13:30-15:30

Blue Zone | Global Climate Action Area

MSC High-Level Segment @ COP28 “Climate Security Moment” 

Munich Security Conference  
1 Dec. 14:00-14:50 Blue Zone | Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion  What next for the Pacific Regional Framework for Climate Mobility? 


1 Dec. 15:30-16:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Climate Action for Sustaining Peace  IOM, GCCM  
2 Dec. 09:00AM-10:30AM Blue Zone | 
Philippines Pavilion
Turning the Tide: The Philippines' Journey 
to Climate Resilience
The Government of the Philippines   
2 Dec. 10:00AM-11:00AM Blue Zone | Multilevel Action and Urbanization Pavilion  Planning for Climate Mobility: Pioneering Spatial Strategies for Resilient Urban Futures  IOM, UN HABITAT   
2 Dec. 10:30AM-11:30AM Blue Zone | Meeting Room 12, South High-Level Roundtable: Call of the Mountains – Who saves us from the climate crisis?  IOM and Government of Nepal  
2 Dec. 14:30-15:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Enabling People-Positive Adaptation Journeys  IOM and GCCM  
2 Dec. 15:30-16:30 Room MR12 Ministerial Signing and Launch of the Continental Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration, Environment and Climate Change (KDMECC-AFRICA) Led by Governments of Uganda and Kenya. AUC, all 55 African Member States, UNFCCC RCC ESA   
2 Dec. 16:00:17:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Kampala Declaration on Migration, Environment and Climate Change: A roadmap for integrating agendas to enable investment in frontline and last mile communities IOM, UNEP, Government of Uganda, NDC  
2 Dec. 16:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Pacific Islands Communities Climate Fund Launch and Reception  IOM and GCCM  
2 Dec. 18:00-20:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Launch Event: International Organization for Migration and Microsoft followed by Reception  IOM and Microsoft  
2 Dec. 10:00AM - 10:55AM Blue Zone | Children and Youth Pavilion Building Bridges of Resilience: Human Mobility, Climate Change and Youth  YOUNGO and IOM  
3 Dec. 09:00AM-10:00AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion  A State Exchange on Regional Frameworks on Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Africa, Eastern Caribbean and the Pacific  IOM, Governments from Africa, Pacific and Caribbean   
3 Dec. 10:00AM-11:00 Blue Zone | MR7 Youth-led Climate Forum: Loss and Damage YOUNGO, COP 28 Presidency   
3 Dec. 10:00AM-11:30AM Uzbekistan Pavilion Climate Migrants, Climate Risks and Adaptation Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan  
3 Dec. 10:00AM-11:30AM Thai Pavilion Ensuring Human Rights for Migrants and Displaced Individuals in the Context of Climate Change UNU, UNESCO, IOM  
3 Dec. 10:00AM-11:30AM Green Zone | Women’s Pavilion Supporting Renewable Energy in Fragile Settings: Leveraging Energy Transitions of Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Missions to Deliver a Positive Legacy COP 28 Presidency, IRENA  
3 Dec. 10:30AM-11:30AM  Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion City Planning and Resilience in the Context of Climate Mobility IOM, C40 and MMC  
3 Dec. 10:30AM-12:00PM Green Zone | Women’s Pavilion  Fragility and Climate: Joined up action for Collective Outcomes IOM, UNICEF   
3 Dec. 11:00AM  Blue Zone | Guatemala Pavilion Identifying and Developing Solutions to address the Climate, Security and Human Mobility Nexus in Guatemala IOM, CGIAR  
3 Dec. 12:30 PM– 1:30 PM Blue Zone | Food  Pavilion Implications of Climate-Related Mobility for Peace and Security CGIAR, IOM  
3 Dec. 12:30-13:30 Green Zone | Maglis Climate Change, Migration and Health: a Call for Action to Leave No One Behind (Presidency event) Save The Children, IFRC, UNHCR, WHO, IOM  
3 Dec. 13:00-14:00 Blue Zone | SE Room 6  What Human Rights at 75 Means for Climate Justice Now Led by OHCHR and UNEP; Supporting organizations: 
UNDP, UNFPA, FAO, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, UNECE, IOM UNODC, ILO, ECLAC, Other UN organizations participating in the UN Environmental Management Group Issue Management Group on Human Rights and the Environment
3 Dec. 13:30-15:00 Blue Zone | Iraq Pavilion  Climate Change and Peace, Conflict and Security in Iraq IOM, Iraqi Ministry of Environment, UNDP, WFP  
3 Dec. 13:30-14:30 Blue Zone | UNOPS Pavilion   Averting and Addressing Disaster Displacement in the Context of Climate Change: Partnerships and effective practices for action and support IOM, PDD Secretariat. IDMC  
3 Dec. 15:30-16:30 Blue Zone | Land and Drought Resilience Pavilion Drying, Droughts, Desertification, and Mental Health: Addressing Gaps and Needs for Community Well-Being UNU CRIS, Aster DM Healthcare (UAE), UNCCD, UNU MERIT, PEDRR, UNFCC, Belgian Delegation, Health Canada, IOM  
3 Dec. 16:00-17:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Filling the Climate Finance Gap – A Necessary Step to Pave the Way Forward for People on the Move in the Context of Climate Change IOM, GCF, WB, AfDB, Government of Germany  
3 Dec. 17:00-18:00  Blue Zone | Food Pavilion  Bridging the Science-Policy Gap: Adaptation Solutions for the Climate, Peace, and Security Nexus IOM, CGIAR, ESCWA, UNDP, CSM   
3 Dec. 17:00-18:30 Red/Blue Zone | WCAS Theatre   Together for Inclusive Solutions: Human Mobility on the Climate Frontlines COP28 Presidency, IOM, UNHCR   
4 Dec. 10:00AM-11:00AM Venezuela Pavilion Conversatorio sobre movilidad humana y crisis climática en América Latina y el Caribe Government of Venezuela  
4 Dec. 10:30AM-11:30AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion  Making the Early Warnings 4 All Initiative a Reality in Fragile and Vulnerable Contexts IOM, UNDR, WMO, IFRC, Center of Excellence for Disaster and Climate Resilience, CIMH, IGAD, ICPAC, WBG, GCF, USAID, CREWS, Governments of Haiti and South Sudan   
4 Dec. 11:00AM-12:00AM Blue Zone | African Union Pavilion  Understanding the Nexus between Climate Change and Human Mobility IOM, GCCM, The African Union Migration Observatory   
4 Dec. 11:00AM-12:30AM Blue Zone | Pakistan Pavilion Gender, Security and Climate  IOM, UN Women, Government of Pakistan  
4 Dec. 11:30-13:00 Blue Zone | SE Room 3  Displaced People Taking Action on Loss & Damage: Local Solutions on the Climate Frontlines IOM, UNHCR, WFP, OHCHR, OCHA, PDD, ICRC, IFRC, Global Youth Refugee Network, YOUNGO, GPA/UNITAR, Save The Children  
4 Dec. 13:15-14:45 Blue Zone | SE Room 3  Frontline Voices: Addressing Climate-Induced Migration in the World’s Most Vulnerable Nations IOM, OHRLLS, WMO, UNDRR, UNESCO, FAO  
4 Dec. 14:00-15:30 Pabellón de América Latina y el Caribe, Blue Zone, Opportunity Petal Migration and Climate Change  IOM, CAF  
4 Dec. 18:45-20:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Task Force on Displacement Reception (by invitation only)  IOM  
5 Dec. 09:00AM-10:00AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Internal Displacement, Disasters and Climate Change: What Role for Development Actors to Develop Durable Solutions, and to Prevent and Respond to Loss and Damage?  IOM, IDMC, Islamic Relief France, the Govt of France (GFMD chair), Office of the Special Advisor on Solutions to Internal Displacement  
5 Dec. 10:30AM-11:30AM Blue Zone | Thematic Area 2, Ground Floor, Pavilion 135  Alternativas sostenibles de solución para enfrentar la crisis ambiental con ayuda de los Pueblos Indígenas de la Región de América Latina y el Caribe y la cooperación internacional IOM, FILAC  
5 Dec. 11:00PM-12:45PM Blue Zone | Uganda Pavilion High Level Event on the Nexus of Climate Change, Gender Equality and Female Migrants  IOM, Government of Uganda   
5 Dec. 14:30-15:30  Blue Zone Climate Mobility Pavilion Human Mobility and Climate Change in Latin America: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Perspective of Affected Communities   IOM, La Ruta del Clima, CLIMALAB  
5 Dec. 17:30-18:30 Blue Zone | Climate 
Mobility Pavilion
Climate Crossroads: Health, Displacement and Forced Migration, and the Shadows of Conflict IOM, International Medical Corps  
6 Dec. 10:30AM-11:30AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Addressing the Climate Change – Fragility –Human Mobility Nexus through Generating Policy-relevant Data and Risk-informed Evidence  IOM, CGIAR, CCCPA  
6 Dec. 17:30-18:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Climate Mobility and Gender: How to Protect the Most Vulnerable from the Impacts of Climate Change  IOM, IDRC (International  Development Research Centre)  
8 Dec. 09:00AM-10:00AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Youth Engagement in Climate Mobility Action IOM, YOUNGO, UNICEF, GCCM, UNCCD, SLYCAN Trust  
8 Dec. 16:00-17:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion  Climate Mobility – Actions for Health Adaptation and Resilience Building  IOM  
9 Dec. 09:00AM-10:30AM Blue Zone | Pakistan Pavilion Youth Perspectives “Voices that Matter”  IOM, Government of Pakistan  
9 Dec. 10:00AM-11:00AM Blue Zone | Colombia Pavilion Lanzamiento de la Estrategia de Paz y Acción Climática en las NDC (Contribución Determinada a Nivel Nacional) IOM, Government of Colombia  
9 Dec. 10:00AM-11:30AM Blue Zone | Ethiopia Pavilion  Green Legacy Initiative IOM, Government of Ethiopia   
9 Dec. 10:30AM-11:30AM Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion From Paris to Marrakesh: Bridging the Paris Agreement and the Global Compact for Migration for Climate Resilient Futures: a UN Network of Migration & Task Force on Displacement Joint event IOM, UNNM, ILO, UNFCCC  
9 Dec. 14:30-15:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Urban Dimensions of Climate Mobility in Asia Pacific  IOM, RWI  
9 Dec. 15:00-16:30 Blue Zone | Ghana Pavilion Rethinking Partnerships in Climate Action: Diasporas as Transnational Allies IOM, Government of Ghana, CVF  
9 Dec. 17:30-18:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion  Toward Concrete and People Centered Climate Action in West Africa: The Role of Dialogue and Collaboration IOM, UNOWAS, UNFCCC-RCC Lomé, UNEP Regional Office for West and Central Africa (in the frame of the UNCCESD)  
10 Dec. 14:15-15:15 Blue Zone | Capacity Building Hub Building Capacities to Mainstream Human Mobility in National Adaptation Plans IOM, Governments of Moldova, Tajikistan, Uganda, University of Vienna, UN-OHRLLS  
10 Dec. 16:00-17:00 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Integrating Displaced Populations into National Climate Change Policy and Planning  IOM, Government of Uganda, UNEP, NDC Partnership  
10 Dec. 16:45-18:00 Blue Zone | Central Asia Pavilion Climate Change and Human Mobility in Mountain Areas: Uncovering New Evidence for Policymaking  IOM, Governments of Ecuador and Kazakhstan  
10 Dec. 17:30-18:30 Blue Zone | Climate Mobility Pavilion Adapting to Change: Climate Change, Human Mobility, and Food Security in the Near East and North Africa Region IOM, FAO, Representative from the Governments of Egypt/Iraq/Jordan (TBC)  
11 Dec. 13:15-14:15 Blue Zone | French Pavilion Explorer les liens entre le changement climatique, la mobilité humaine et la paix: Témoignages de pays francophones IOM and UNEP  
11 Dec. 15:15-16:30 Blue Zone | WHO Pavilion Health Loss and Damage in the LAC Region: A Multi-sector Approach IOM, La Red de América 
Latina y el Caribe sobre Clima y Salud

Please check back here as the list of events will be updated in the upcoming days. 


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