Climate change impacts and increases human vulnerabilities related to decent work deficits, crisis and conflict. These interactions can lead to human mobility or displacement either as temporary and adaptive responses. Women and men migrants who are displaced or cross borders without regular pathways may be forced into irregular and insecure channels, and into the informal economy where they risk multiple forms of exploitation. Their skills and talents may not be recognized and their contribution to social and economic resilience significantly reduced.
The best available science shows that to avert and mitigate further climate displacement and build capacities to manage crisis, member states must invest significantly in Climate Resilient Development. The latest IPCC assessment report recognises that the GCM and GCR "provide pathways for coordinated international responses to climate-related migration and displacement". This points towards a comprehensive approach to climate induced human mobility in adaptation planning, linking new global guidance such as from the UNFCCC WIM Task Force on Displacement (TfD), the GCM, the PDD and UNDRR Global Platform. The IMRF and the 1st global stocktake of the Paris Agreement are policy opportunities that underscore the importance of this dialogue.
The UN Network Thematic Workstream on Climate Change brings together climate and migration communities to promote coherent responses to these issues. This event will showcase the latest evidence, studies and guidance being undertaken by the UNFCCC and UN Network partners, and promoting discussion on ways forward towards the Climate COP27 in Sharm-el-Sheikh.