COP27 is the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and it is presided by the Government of Egypt. The Conference is scheduled to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 - 18 November 2022.

COP27 represents a key political moment for states to reaffirm their ambition and accelerate action toward to fully operationalizing the 2015 Paris Agreement. 

The COP27 Presidency has defined the following goals

  • Mitigation: limit global warming to well below 2c and work hard to keep the 1.5 c target alive. 
  • Adaptation: The Global Goal on Adaptation as one of the significant outcomes of COP26 - ensure that COP27 makes the crucially needed progress and urge all parties to demonstrate the necessary political will to capture and assess progress towards enhancing resilience and assist the most vulnerable communities; witness enhanced global agenda for action on adaptation.
  • Finance: make significant progress on the crucial issue of climate finance while moving forward on all finance related items on the agenda.
  • Colaboration: Enhance and facilitate agreement in the negotiations.

Climate Migration at COP27

The science is clear. According to IPCC Sixth Assessment Report climate change affects us all “the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events have adversely affected, or caused the loss of ecosystems including terrestrial, freshwater, ocean and coastal ecosystems, including tropical coral reefs; reduced food security; contributed to migration and displacement; damaged livelihoods, health and security of people; and increased inequality.”

Disasters alone led to 23.7 million internal displacements in 2021, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s Global Report. And, without climate action the Groundswell Report 2021, has projected that up to 216 million people across six regions could move within their countries by 2050:

  • By 2050, Sub-Saharan Africa could see as many as 86 million internal climate migrants;
  • By 2050, East Asia and the Pacific, could see as many as 49 million internal climate migrants;
  • By 2050, South Asia, could see as many as 40 million internal climate migrants;
  • By 2050, North Africa, could see as many as 19 million internal climate migrants;
  • By 2050, Latin America, could see as many as 17 million internal climate migrants;
  • By 2050, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, could see as many as 5 million internal climate migrants.

With urgent action, these numbers could be reduced by as much as 80%, to 44 million people by 2050 (World Bank, 2021).

Ahead of COP27, IOM releases the report "People on the Move in a Changing Climate – Linking Policy, Evidence and Action." Drawing on IOM existing knowledge and the experience of working with governments, other UN agencies and partners at global, regional, national and local level, the report highlights the main aspects of human mobility in contexts of climate change from a policy perspective and charts a path forward based on recommendations and practical examples to guide future action.

And, IOM calls to:

  1. Ensure that human mobility linked to climate hazards is recognised and well addressed at local, national, regional and international levels through dedicated climate change and migration policies with whole-ofgovernment approaches, in line with the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Global Compact for Migration, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  2. Increase action for climate change adaptation measures, and resources to avert and minimize displacement, when and where it is still possible, and strengthen people’s resilience. Include human mobility within adaptation and loss and damage plans and policies with action on both slowonset processes and sudden-onset hazards, considering planning processes and integrated approaches to disaster risk reduction, preparedness, humanitarian assistance, human security and development.
  3. Strengthen solidarity with countries and people most vulnerable to climate change impacts, facilitating their access to just transition processes, as well as significantly scaled up sustainable and predictable finance for adaptation and resilience, including addressing climate change-related human mobility.
  4. Enhance the inclusive mobilization of the whole society, associating public and private partners, civil society, women, youth, indigenous peoples, migrants, displaced persons and affected communities to decision-making processes related to climate change and migration, including via integrated human rights, child-sensitive and gender-responsive approaches for migration management and climate change action.

Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Events at COP27

During COP27 duration Climate Mobility  Art messages from displaced and refugees on climate change IOM, Artolution   
7 Nov, 15:00 - 18:00 TBC UN Secretary-General High-Level Roundtable Launch of the Early Warnings for All Executive Action Plan WMO, UNSG  
7 Nov, 17:00-18:30 Climate Mobility  Sustaining Peace Amidst the Climate Crisis CCCPA  
8 Nov, 09:30-10:45 CVF Pavilion  (P106, area C) Paving the Way from Vulnerability to Prosperity: Climate Prosperity Plans Flagship Event Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)  
8 Nov, 12:00-14:00 VVIP LOUNGE World Leader's Summit: Climate Change & the Sustainability of Communities in Climate Vulnerable Situations Government of Egypt, IFRC, CCPA  
8 Nov, 14:30-15:30 AU Operationalizing the Africa Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System (AMHEWAS) and Follow-up Actions on the Maputo Declaration on Sustainable and Integrated Management of Miombo Forests Government of Mozambique  
8 Nov, 14:30-15:30 AU Catalysing Investments for the Operationalisation of Multi- Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System in Africa AUC Department for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment  
8 Nov, 15:00-16:30 One UN Advancing Durable Solutions to the Climate Displacement Nexus UNHCR, CCCPA  
8 Nov, 16:30-17:30 Climate Mobility Nexus climate change, migration and human rights OHCHR  
9 Nov, 18:00-19:00 Climate Mobility  Kampala Declaration Launch Event Government of Uganda  
9 Nov, 13:15-14:45 Conference Room (4) A roadmap for resilience: financing climate action to address vulnerability, food security and human mobility IOM, UNOHRLLS, UNDRR, UNHCR, UNCDF  
10 Nov, 11:00-12:30 One UN The climate change-human mobility nexus: 
addressing protection risks in the context of climate change
The National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons in Egypt  
10 Nov, 11:00-13:30 EIB-Benelux Pavilion Mitigating the risk and effects of displacements caused by extreme weather and slow onset events CNCD, GNDR, ENDA Energie, DEMI-E, 11.11.11  
10 Nov, 13:15-14:45 Room Amon WIM Excom Side event:  Next phase of the WIM ExCom: from policy guidance to solutions on the ground WIM States, TFD  
10 Nov, 13:40-14:20  Climate Mobility  Information Session on Mobility and Climate Vulnerabilities  Youth CSOs  
10 Nov, 17:00-18:00 Water Center of Excellence for Disaster and Climate Resilience- Side Event- Moving back from the edge: Transformational interventions in highly vulnerable and fragile areas to address water stress UNDRR, IOM, AfDB, START Network, IFRC, International Institute for Environment and Development , Egyptian MoFA, International Centre for Climate Change & Development  
11 Nov, 10:00-11:00 UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub Pavillon High-level session on human well-being, climate change, migration, biodiversity, land regeneration and resource preservation UNFCCC  
11 Nov, 11:30-13:00 Room 5 Intergenerational dialogue of continents on climate-induced migration in the framework of adaptation Youth and Environment Europe (YEE), International Foundation for African Children (IFAC), The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)  
11 Nov, 12:30-13:30 Children and Youth Pavilion Young people`s voices and priorities on climate migration  YOUNGO  
11 Nov, 12:15-13:45 SEforALL Integrating forcibly displaced populations into climate change NDCs - Peer-to-peer exchange at COP27 GPA, UNEP, IOM, UNITAR, NDC Partnership  
11 Nov, 15:00-16:00 Climate Mobility Enhancing partnerships, inclusive sustainable development and green economy transition; approaches from the IGAD region addressing the challenges and opportunities of human mobility, in the context of changing climate and disasters  ILO, IOM (IGAD/ICPAC, IGAD MS, PDD, UNHCR)  
11 Nov, 16:30-18:00 France Building resilient cities in an age of migration and climate change: A Youth Perspective IOM, France Permanent Mission in Geneva,
Mayors Migration Council (MMC)-C40 Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and Migration, ADEME, AFPCNT
11 Nov, 18:30-20:00 Conference Room (9) On the Climate Frontlines with displaced people: averting, minimising and addressing Loss & Damage IOM, UNHCR, WFP, OHCHR  
12 Nov, 09:30-11:00 France Failing crops and fragile peace: accelerating action to address food insecurity and human mobility in Africa's climate hotspots IOM, IFRC, FAO, UNHCR, France Permanent Mission in Geneva  
12 Nov, 10:00-12:00 TBC Climate Responses for Sustaining Peace (CRSP) CCCPA   
12 Nov, 10:00-11:00 Climate Mobility  Addressing Climate Mobility through Inclusive & Resilient Water Systems and Solutions ACMI, Deltares, AfDB, African Water Facility, Gov of Cameroon  
12 Nov, 11:00-12:00 One UN Remittances and their role in building resilience to improve food security and peace IFAD  
12 Nov, 11:00-13:00 Thematic Room  Focus on Haya Karima UNDP  
12 Nov, 11:30-12:45 Health Climate change, migration and health: Strengthening evidence to leave no one behind WHO, IOM, IFRC, Government of Morroco, Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM), WACI Health  
12 Nov, 11:30-12:30 Danish Skills and Youth Mobility for Climate Adaptation Youth CSOs  
12 Nov, 14:00-15:00 Pakistan Pavilion  Climate Migrants – The Lost Tribe of Millennium Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan  
12 Nov, 17:45-19:15 ONE UN Strengthening action on climate change and human mobility: building synergies, coordinating actions UN Network on Migration Thematic Workstream on Addressing climate change and migration   
12 Nov, 18:00-19:30 Climate Mobility In Conversation with the Diaspora - Exploring good practices in climate action  IOM, Diaspora Groups  

14 Nov,

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Egypt Water Vulnerability of Communities Living in Fragile Contexts: Adaptation Barriers and Avenues for Improvement      ICRC, CCCPA  
14 Nov, 12:00-13:00 African Union - Green Zone The role of Climate-Induced Mobility on Gender Inequalities in Africa: Zooming the lens on existing Migration Policy frameworks and the potential for sustainable responses to gendered vulnerabilities.   United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Coalition for Rainforest Nations, United Youth Initiative for Africa and YOUNGO(AYM4COP).  
14 Nov, 10:30-12.00 CVF Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Building a Positive Narrative on Migration and Climate Action Government of Bangladesh,
14 Nov, 13:00-14:00 America All In Cities Prepare for Climate Change US Conference of Mayors, ICLEI, Mayors Migration Council   
14 Nov, 15:00-16:30 ONE UN Climate change and women's health WHO, UN Women, UNFPA and IOM  
14 Nov, 15:00-16:30 LGMA  Being Local, Acting Global: International Experiences With Multilevel Climate Action  SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue   
14 Nov, 15:30-16:30 Climate Mobility Confronting the Climate Crisis: Investing in the Power of African Women & Girls BMZ and the Global Centre for Climate Mobility  
14 Nov,  16:40-17:40 Swedish Pavilion Gender-Sensitive Climate Responses for Sustaining Peace Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Government of Sweden  
15 Nov, 09:00-10:00 African Union Catalysing Investments for the Operationalisation of Multi- Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System in Africa AUC Department for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment  
15 Nov, 09:00-10:30 One UN The role of civil societies in improving safe and orderly movement in the context of climate change     
15 Nov, 10:00-11:00 Climate Mobility Improving Climate Mobility Data & Forecasting African Migration Observatory   
15 Nov, 13:00-13:55 MOANA Promoting regional human security responses to climate-related mobility in the Pacific: progress and challenges PIFS and ESCAP (co-organizers with IOM) with PDD, ILO and OHCHR  
15 Nov, 15:30-17:00 Tajikistan Pavilion Migration, Water and Climate Change Adaptation - The Path to the UN 2023 Water Conference IOM, International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea-Tajikistan   
15 Nov, 16:00-16:55 MOANA Towards a climate secure future for Pacific Small Island Developing States Fiji RCO, UNDP (potentially under Climate Security Mechanism)  
15 Nov, 16:30-17:30 Climate Mobility Methods for climate mobility deep dives: linking local research with continental data Deltares/Global Center for Climate Mobility  
16 Nov, 10:00-12:00 EU Addressing displacement and migration related to the adverse impacts of climate change: partnerships and integrated approaches for action and support PDD, NORAD, BDG, EU  
16 Nov, 11:00-12:30 Bangladesh
Mobilizing Private Sector and Diaspora Financing and Action in Climate Action with a Focus on AFOLU Sector FAO, IOM, ICCCAD, Bangladesh  
16 Nov, 13:30-15:00 Tajikistan Pavilion Climate Change and Migration in Mountain Areas   IOM, Committee for Environmental Protection of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan   
16 Nov, 16:45-17:45 Water & Climate Building community resilience and addressing human mobility challenges and opportunities   in the context of water-related impacts of climate change  Co-organizer: Fundación Avina; Speakers arranged by IOM: Azerbaijan, Slovenia, and South Sudan   
17 Nov, 10:30-12:30 Meeting room MR 20 [TBC]  Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change at COP27  United Nations Human Settlements Programme  
17 Nov, 13:30-14:30 Tajikistan National Adaptation Plan and National Communications as a way forward to integration of climate change adaptation into the national plans, programs, and strategies Committee for Environment Protection of the Government of Tajikistan  
17 Nov, 17:30-18:30 Climate Mobility The African Cities Partnership Global Centre for Climate Mobility and the Mayors Migration Council   
17 Nov, 18:00 Panama La Dimensión social  del Cambio Climático en la región SICA:  Impactos en la Salud pública, los indicadores sociales y la dinámica de la migración y movilización humana CCAD (Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo)  
17 Nov, 17:30-18:30 Climate Mobility Protecting Children on the Move in the Context of Climate Change IOM, UNICEF  
TBC Nordic Forging partnerships to implement the call to action adopted at the regional conference on climate change, peace & security in west Africa & the Sahel” held in Dakar April 2022 UNOWAS, WFP, IOM, UNDP, including UN Working Group on Climate Change, Security, Environment and Development  
18 Nov, 13:00-14:30 ONE UN Operationalizing the Aswan Forum Conclusions: Towards Climate Action and Partnerships on Climate Adaptation for Sustaining Peace CCCPA  
18 Nov, 14:30-15:30 Food & Agriculture  Improving climate resilient food systems in fragile and conflict-affected settings: A way forward for peace and food security CGIAR, DRC, WFP   
10-12 Nov ONE UN VR Experience: Do the right thing! IOM  


Related websites

COP27 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt


IOM COP27: Addressing Human Mobility Driven by Climate Change