The Executive Committee (Excom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) established the Task Force on Displacement in March 2017 to develop recommendations for integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change, in accordance with the mandate outlined in COP Decision 49, adopted at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris in 2015. Parties of COP24, Katowice, Poland, welcomed the WIM-TFD recommendations. TFD is now at its second mandate, aiming to implement the recommendations.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been a founding member of the Task Force on Displacement since 2017.
Figure 1. Task Force on Displacement within the UNFCCC process (Source: unfccc.int)
The Task Force on Displacement Workplan 2017-2018 Outputs
I. Policy/Practice – National/Subnational WIM TFD Activity I.1 National policies mapping
Mapping Human Mobility and Climate Change in Relevant National Policies and Institutional Frameworks
I. Policy/Practice – National/Subnational WIM TDF Activity I.2 Slow onset state of knowledge
Synthesizing the state of knowledge to better understand displacement related to slow onset events
II. Policy - International/Regional WIM TFD Activity II.2 International policies mapping
Mapping Human Mobility (Migration, Displacement and Planned Relocation) and Climate Change in International Processes, Policies and Legal Frameworks
II. Policy - International/Regional WIM TDF Activity II.3 UN mandates mapping
The United Nations system’s mandates with respect to averting, minimizing and addressing displacement related to climate change: considerations for the future
II. Policy - International/Regional WIM TFD Activity II.4 Tools and guidance mapping
Mapping of existing international and regional guidance and tools on averting, minimizing, addressing and facilitating durable solutions to displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change
III. Data and assessment WIM TFD Activities III.1-3 Data and risk assessment
Systematic data collection and monitoring of displacement and its impacts at local, national, regional and international level to inform comprehensive needs and risk assessments for the formulation of policy and plans