MECC Division

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:

Manuel MARQUES PEREIRA @3mpereira
Head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division

Ileana Sinziana PUSCAS  LinkedIn @sinziana09
Programme Officer on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

Lorenzo GUADAGNO @lo_lo_lore
Programme Manager for Migrants in Countries in Crises Initiative (MICIC) and Liaison Officer for MECC and the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE)

Alice BAILLAT @AliceBail
Associate Expert on Migration, Environment and Climate Change and Liaison Officer for the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) 

Iulia Elisabeta DUCA @ducaiulia_ 
Programme Support Officer on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

Christina DASZKIEWICZ LinkedIn

Project Support Officer on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

Consultant on Migration, Environment and Climate Change
 
General contact: mecchq@iom.int

IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Regional Specialists:

Soumyadeep BANERJEE @soum_banerjee
Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change
Regional Office for South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Vienna, Austria

Hind AÏSSAOUI BENNANI LinkedIn 
Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 
Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal

Pablo ESCRIBANO @pescribanoIOM
Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 
Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica

Lisa LIM AH KEN @LisaLimAhKen1
Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 
Regional Office for East Africa and the Horn of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change
Regional Office for Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand
 
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