Head of IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division awarded as an Inspirational Woman in Geneva working for the Environment
Photo credit: UNEP and Geneva Environment Network, 2015
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dina Ionesco, Head of IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division has been awarded a trophy as an Inspirational Woman in Geneva working for the Environment. Jointly sponsored by UNEP, the Geneva Environment Network and the Swiss Confederation, the award is granted to women who have made outstanding contributions to the environmental field and/or have promoted the empowerment of women and gender equality in the environmental field. An exhibition was launched on 8 March at the International Environment House I celebrating the achievements of these inspirational women. The exhibition will be open until 31 March 2016.
As Head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division of IOM, Dina’s work aims to bring climate migrants into the spotlight and to equip migration and climate policymakers with the tools to respond to environmental migration challenges and opportunities. Dina has expanded IOM’s environment portfolio, leading the establishment of a dedicated Division and inputs instrumental to the inclusion of migration in the Paris Climate Agreement. Dina considers that freedom, creativity, trust, competence and fun are crucial to good management and she is tremendously proud of her team, comprised of remarkable female professionals. Dina’s passion for migration arises from her early experience as a political refugee in France, escaping with her family from Romania. Dina is married and has two sons, aged 5 and 8. They are her daily motivators to care and act: “We have the power to influence what air future generations will respire and what values will prevail”, says Dina.
Exhibition: Entwined Destinies - Migration, Environment and Climate Change
until 17 January 2016
COP21 - Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris, France
Addressing ‘new’ root causes of displacement
UN High Commissioner for Refugee’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges
Geneva, Switzerland, 16-17 December 2015
ONE UN High Level Roundtable
Paris, France, 10 December 2015
Photo © IOM, 2015
Climate Change - Anticipate and Prepare
Lausanne, Switzerland, 5 November 2015
Image © Canton de Vaud, 2015
Peace and Cooperation in Times
of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges
The Hague, the Netherlands, 2-3 November 2015
Logo: Planetary Security Initiative © Ministery of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands, 2015
Workshop: Climate Change Adaptation in Burundi
Bujumbura, Burundi, 30 October 2015
Photo © IOM, 2015
Kristina Mejo, Chief of Mission of IOM Burundi, presented the impact of climate change to human mobility and noted IOM’s significant role in addressing insecurity resulting from climate change-induced migration. To date, IOM Burundi has assisted thousands of returnees and expelled migrants to increase their resilience and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Contributions take the form of immediate non-food items distribution and financial support to diversify income generating activities within migrants' associations whose members rely strongly on poor subsistence agriculture.
Debate on Climate and Migration with François Gemenne
Paris, France, 26 October 2015
Photo: François Gemenne (left) and Bettina Laville (right) during the debate © Comité21, 2015
Bonn Climate Change Conference
Bonn, Germany 19-23 October 2015
Photo: UNFCCC Executive Secretary with Minister Laurent Fabius and Ambassador Laurence Tubiana
at the Climate Change Conference in Bonn © UNFCCC, 2015
12th Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Ankara, Turkey, 12-23 October 2015
Logo © COP12, Ankara 2015
Nansen Initiative Final Consultation
Geneva, Switzerland, 12-13 October 2015
Photo © Nansen Initiative, 2015
High Level Dialogue on Climate Induced Migration and Displacement
Tarawa, Kiribati, 8-12 October 2015
Heads of government/delegation at the summit / View of the shore of Tarawa © IOM 2015 (Photos: Andrew Bruce)
President Anote Tong of Kiribati on behalf of the Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC) - (Kiribati, Marshal Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu) and Fiji, in partnership with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco hosted a High Level Dialogue on Climate Induced Migration in Tarawa, Kiribati. International and regional organisations (ESCAP, UNDP, ILO, IOM and UNHCR), NGOs, and representatives of the scientific and diplomatic community participated in the meeting. IOM’s delegation of the meeting included Mr. Andrew Bruce, Regional Director of Asia and the Pacific and Mr. Joe Appiah, Chief of Mission, IOM Australia.
The dialogue focused on the impact of climate change on CANCC and its members expressed concerns on how this phenomenon has had damaging consequences on their way of life and the future of their nationals. The CANCC underlined the need to take ownership of the discussion on their plight and stressed the fear of growing threats which posed major existential challenges to their people and culture. Against this background and the deep concern that their plight is not getting the necessary international recognition and support required, CANCC solicited the support of international Organizations and development partners to support labour mobility, health, education and their disaster risk resilience efforts programmes.
The elimination of the linkage of migration to climate change from the text of the COP21 document was noted with concern and CANCC indicated that the reality of their situation would potentially require dignified relocation with a development focus. In this regard, they emphasized the importance of a COP 21 concluding a legally binding instrument on loss and damage, including the establishment of a climate change displacement coordination facility. Migration should therefore be considered as an option in addressing impact of Climate Change on CANCC and sought the collaboration and support of partners. All participants reaffirmed their continued support to CANCC in dealing with the challenges of climate change in a holistic manner.
IOM’s statement outlined the Organization’s perspectives on using existing intergovernmental process to address the challenges of cross border displacement in the context of disasters and climate change. The commitment to work with governments and development partners to reduce forced migration and cross-border displacement in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights was underlined.
Read the outcome document here.
Council of Europe
Strasbourg, France, 29-30 September 2015
COST Workshop Climate Change and Migration:
Knowledge, Law and Policy, and Theory
Seville, Spain, 28-29 September 2015
Photo © IOM, 2015
UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015
New York, USA, 25-27 September 2015
IOM MECC Internal Capacity Builiding Workshop
Geneva, Switzerland, 16-18 September 2015
Our Common Future under Climate Change
Paris, France, 7-9 July 2015
Logo © Our Common Future Under Climate Change, 2015
The International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” took place at UNESCO and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) from 7 to 9 July 2015 in Paris, showcasing evidence-based ways to both reduce emissions and build resilient societies. Building on IOM’s global research, operational, and policy experience, IOM experts contributed to three sessions to reflect on the pathway from knowledge to action in the area of climate-related migration governance.
Alice Sironi of IOM HQ’s International Migration Law Unit presented legal frameworks and challenges of environmental migration during the “Governance and Justice” session. The presentation provided an overview of the particular challenges environmental migrants may face in terms of human rights and justice; existing legal instruments, their applicability in the context of environmental migration, as well as their limitations and discuss the prospects and challenges for creating a protection framework for those displaced or migrating in the context of climate change. As the leading migration agency, IOM shared its practical experience and emphasized the importance of a rights-based approach to the management of environmental migration.
Nansen Initiative South Asia Regional Consultation
on Climate Change, Diasters & Mobility in South Asia and Indian Ocean
Khulna, Bangladesh, 3-5 April 2015
Hosted by the Governments of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Kingdom of Norway and the Swiss Confederation
in collaboration with the Nansen Initiative and IOM Bangladesh
Participants recognized that South Asia and the Indian Ocean region is exposed to a wide array of natural hazards with the potential to trigger human mobility, including sudden-onset hazards (e.g. tropical cyclones, flash floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, avalanches and glacial lake outburst floods), as well as slow-onset ones (e.g. sea level rise, desertification, droughts, riverbank erosion). Participants emphasized that climate change is already a reality for States in the regions, and expressed concern that, given countries’ high exposure and current adaptive capacity, they will increasingly face the adverse effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, salt water intrusion, coastal erosion, glacial melting, drought, and variable intensity and frequency of rainfall patterns and monsoon seasons.
The consultation led to a set of recommendations under the themes of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation; Protection of Displaced Persons in Context of Disasters and the Adverse Effects of Climate Change; Migration as Adaptation; Planned Relocation; and Data Collection and Scientific Knowledge. The recommendations from the South Asia and Indian Ocean Regional Consultation, along with those from other regional consultations, will be submitted to the Nansen Initiative Global Consultation that will take place in Geneva in October 2015, and shared within relevant regional and international fora, including the UNFCCC negotiations and the World Humanitarian Summit.
Migration, Environment and Climate Change at IOM's 105th Council Session
25 - 28 November 2014
The IOM’s Council, the highest decision making body of the organization, gives specific visibility and preeminence to the topic of migration, environment and climate in its 105th session
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) believes that climate change will generate more migration and that now is the time to plan in order to mitigate possible negative impacts and reduce the need for future disaster response interventions.
The 105th IOM Council called for collaboration to be better prepared and to consider migration as part of the adaptation solution, underscoring that human mobility in relation to climate and environment is a reality of our times.
26 November 2014 – Geneva, Switzerland
The High Level Panel on migration, environment and climate change aimed to contribute to a number of policy processes important to the international governance of migration that are taking place in 2015, notably the 2015 negotiations in Paris under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCCD), the second Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2), the post 2015 development framework and the conclusion of the Nansen Initiative.
High Level Panel on migration, environment and climate change. © IOM 2014 (Photos: Rosebell Kagumire)
25 - 28 November 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been collaborating with the award-winning Italian photographer Alessandro Grassani who is working on a series of features dedicated to environmental migrants. Alessandro’s striking images allow us to picture the reality of environmental migrants’ life in different countries. The exhibit aims to bring the human at the center of the climate debate, encouraging a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by environmental migrants. The exhibit was organized within the framework of the 105th IOM Council session that gave special visibility to human mobility, environment and climate change and represented a critical landmark in the continuation of the dialogue on this topic between IOM and its partners.
Director General of IOM, William Lacy Swing. © IOM 2014 (Photo: Rosebell Kagumire)
Left: Photographer Alessandro Grassani with IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson. © IOM 2014 (Photo: Rosebell Kagumire)
Right: Photographer Alessandro Grassani with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. © IOM 2014 (Photo: Rosebell Kagumire)
Relevant documents and links:
IOM Partnerships on Migration, Environment and Climate Change
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council, the organization’s governing body, which took place 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva.
The MoU launches a structured collaboration on the land and migration nexus. The partnership aims to increase understanding of challenges and opportunities related to these interlinked phenomena and to create the political momentum for including them in the sustainability, human rights, security and climate adaptation agendas.
Left: Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Monique Barbut and Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing. © IOM 2014 (Photo: Rosebell Kagumire)
Right: IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson, UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. © IOM 2014 (Photo: Rosebell Kagumire)
UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. © IOM 2014 (Photo: Rosebell Kagumire)
Relevant documents and links:
IOM has joined a group of international agencies participating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Trust Fund with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership aims to increase the capacity of affected communities to deal with migration and displacement linked to the impact of climate change and environmental pressures.
Relevant documents and links:
- Press release
- IOM's work with the Climate Vulnerable Forum
- Visit the Climate Vulnerable Forum website
Climate Vulnerable Forum & IOM Luncheon Debate
26 November 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland
The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) & IOM thematic luncheon brought together Permanent Representatives and senior delegates of missions and delegations to the United Nations at Geneva with international partners and experts including High-Level panellists participating in the 105th IOM Council session’s special Panel on “Human Mobility, Environment and Climate” being held the same day. The thematic luncheon was an opportunity for diverse partners and speakers to share in the IOM Council’s focused debate on climate change and for engaging wider Geneva-based audiences in this increasingly significant policy conversation.
Climate Vulnerable Forum & IOM Luncheon Debate. © IOM 2014 (Photos: Daria Mokhnacheva)
Enhanced partnerships on the topic of migration, environment and climate change between IOM and the following organizations:
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
- The Hague Institute for Global Justice
- World Meteorological Organization (WMO)