The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starts on Monday 3 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland until 14th of December.

The COP Presidency (Poland) seeks to support the development of climate-friendly modern solutions that reduce adverse climate impacts on vulnerable hotspots. In that respect, one of the most important tasks of the COP24 will be to work out and adopt a comprehensive package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris at COP21 and in Marrakesh at COP22, including the migration related provisions.

Climate Migration at COP24

Listen to the messages of stakeholders addressing migration and climate change presented at COP24 in Poland:



The Task Force on Displacement

The most significant decision from a migration perspective will be related to the outcomes of the work of the Task Force on Displacement (TFD). In 2015, the Paris Agreement requested the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM Excom) to establish a Task Force on Displacement to develop recommendations for integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change.

As a member of the Task Force, IOM plays a leading role supporting states to develop and finalize these recommendations, notably through the organization of a stakeholder meeting in May 2018 and the production of comprehensive reports mapping national and international policy developments related to climate migration. The finalized recommendations have subsequently been endorsed by the WIM Excom.

The recommendations produced by the Task Force on Displacement will be discussed by the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC and turned into decisions for their approval.

Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM)

The WIM Excom has agreed to continue the work of the Task Force as well as the broader work conducted by the WIM Excom on human mobility issues for another five years. Discussions will start on how to shape the migration work strand for the next five years.

IOM at COP24

IOM's Role at COP24

  • Provide technical support to state parties to the UNFCCC
  • Play a convening role within the United Nations (UN) System on climate migration (One UN)
  • Connect the policy work under the UNFCCC with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)
  • Strengthen IOM’s institutional engagement with the UNFCCC Secretariat
  • Present IOM’s expertise through speaking roles and media interventions
  • Engage with operational partners

IOM-led Events at COP24

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WIM Task Force on Displacement: Recommendations for Integrated Approaches on How to Avert, Minimize and Address Displacement and Next Steps
06 December 2018 | 13h15 to 14h45 | Room Pieniny | Katowice, Poland
Watch live here
ONE UN Human Mobility - Climate-induced human mobility: taking stock of 3 years of discussions under the UNFCCC
11 December 2018 | 13h15 to 14h45 | Room Warmia | Katowice, Poland

Other Climate Migration-Related Events at COP24

Event Title Date Time Location Organizer(s)
Shocks and Stressors: Water’s essential role in addressing climate change, DRR and human mobility 4 Dec 11:30 - 13:00 Warmia

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

World Water Council (WWC)

Displacement, human mobility and climate change: From recognition to action 4 Dec 15:00 - 16:30 Pieniny Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED)
Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust) Bangladesh
Climate-Forced Displacement (CFD): Progress to Advance Human Rights and Justice since Paris Agreement 4 Dec 16:45 - 18:15 Pieniny

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA),

NPO Tuvalu Overview (TOV)

Refugees International

Press briefing: CSO Expectations for COP24 5 Dec 13:00 - 13:30 Press Conference Room 2, Area 4 Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust) Bangladesh
Building capacity for integrating human rights into climate action 7 Dec 13:15 - 14:45 Pieniny UNFCCC
Implementation of Article 8 of the Paris Agreement and Decision 49/CP21 8 Dec 11:30 - 13:00 Narew Carre Geo & Environnement (CGE)
Centre International de droit Comparé de l'Environnement (CIDCE)
Marshall Islands
Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
Taiwan Research Institute (TRI)
Ocean Action Day II. 2. Adaptation and Population Displacement 8 Dec 14:30 - 15:30 Japanese Pavilion Global Ocean Forum and partners
Report Release: Women on the Move in a Changing Climate 8 Dec 15:00 - 16:00 UNDESA Event Space

Sierra Club

UN Women

One UN for Climate-Compatible Cities: Resilient cities driving risk-informed sustainable development 10 Dec 13:15 - 14:45 Bug United Nations
Voices from the Climate Frontlines: Protecting the rights of the most vulnerable and furthest behind 10 Dec 18:30 - 20:00 Bug Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Policy Response to Address Climate Induced Migration in South Asia 11 Dec 11:30 - 13:00 Bieszczady Stichting Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA)
ACT Alliance - Action by Churches Together (ACT Alliance)
Bread for the World (BfdW)
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
Planetary Boundaries and Global Commons: Managing risks and solutions 11 Dec 15:00 - 16:30 Pieniny

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Stiftung Mercator Foundation

Living in the face of climate change: From the Pacific islands to the world 11 Dec 18:30 - 20:00 Bug Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Micronesia (Federated States of)
Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change 12 Dec 11:30 - 13:00 Bieszczady

Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC)

Amazon Watch

California College of the Arts (CCA)
Ithaca College

Get ready for climate change: Today’s European adaptation policies and outlook towards 2050 13 Dec 16:30 - 18:00 Brussels European Commission, DG Climate Action

To see all side events, visit the UNFCCC website.

IOM-PDD Task Force on Displacement Side Event | 06 December 2018 | 13h15 to 14h45 Room: Pieniny | Katowice, Poland

Draft Concept Note

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TFD Webpage