COP24 Addresses Climate Change Migration Ahead Of UN Migration Pact Meeting In Marrakech

A key set of recommendations that aim to help countries cope with the displacement of people as a result of climate change impacts such as prolonged droughts will be discussed at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

The recommendations by the Task Force on Displacement will be presented just two days before countries meet to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Marrakech, Morocco on 10-11 December. This will be the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration.

Today, over 258 million migrants live outside their country of origin across the world and climate change is expected to increase this number. Climate impacts that affect large movements of people include increasingly long heatwaves, droughts or sea-level rise that make land uninhabitable.

Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s Climate Chief said, “The effects of climate change impacts in one part of the world are not just felt there. That impact ripples outward and is felt continents away. We are all connected.”

The international community must soon decide whether and how it will consider climate impacts on human mobility. The recommendations focus on integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address the displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change.

They have been developed by the displacement task force, which is part of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism on loss and damage under the UNFCCC. Addressed to countries, the international climate policy process, and the UN system, they recommend to planning in form of national laws and strategies, consultation of climate change related human mobility and coordination among countries and organizations.

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