The Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division is the newest thematic division established in the Department for Migration Management (DMM) in the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM has engaged in migration, environment and climate change since the early 1990s. IOM Member States requested the Organization to give more visibility to this work leading to the decision to create a MECC Division at IOM’s Council in November 2014.
The MECC Division was established in January 2015 and is the first institutional structure in an intergovernmental organization to be fully devoted to the issue of human mobility in relation to climate change and the environment.
IOM’s vision is to support states and migrants in addressing the complex challenges posed by environmental degradation and climate change in terms of human mobility and in delivering enhanced benefits to migrants and vulnerable communities. The MECC Division has the responsibility to oversee, support and coordinate the development of institutional policy guidance relating to migration, environment, and climate change issues; to formulate global strategies and to mainstream environmental and climatic factors in other migration management sectors. It sets internal standards and manages institutional knowledge of this area.
The MECC thematic area has been identified as a priority for all IOM Regional Offices in 2017 and to provide wider geographical coverage and support, five regional thematic specialists (RTSs) positions were established in 2018 for the Regional Offices in Bangkok, Dakar, Nairobi, San José and Vienna, representing a significant progress.
To deliver on its mandate, the MECC Division’s is structured around 5 pillars: i) MECC global policy and advocacy, ii) MECC capacity building, iii) MECC evidence and data, iv) MECC practice, and v) environmental sustainability.
As part of the IOM Strategic Vision 2019-2023: Setting a course for IOM, the MECC Division has been tasked to develop the IOM Wide Institutional Strategy on Migration, Climate Change and Environment. This Strategy aims to take stock of existing knowledge and establish institution-wide priorities and processes, in line with the three pillars articulated in the IOM Strategic Vision: resilience, mobility and governance.
IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division at Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland:
Project Support Officer on Migration, Environment and Climate Change