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Date: 20 April 2010, 10 am - 6 pm

Venue: Conference Room A (Temporary North Lawn Building)

Beyond speculative scenarios of mass movements due to climate change, this one-day seminar aimed to present a nuanced picture of the interrelations between migratory decisions and environmental degradation, and to raise awareness of the international legal instruments and policy tools that exist to address the challenges posed by disaster displacement and environmentally driven migration. 

Working language: English


Related Documents:


Welcome and Programme Overview

Mr.  David Koschel, Officer in Charge, UNITAR

Mr. Jose Miguel Guzman, Chief Population and Development Branch, UNFPA

Session I:  Grasping the Evidence: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Environmental and Climate Change on Migration?

Mr. Frank Laczko, Chief, Research and Publications, IOM

Ms. Koko Warner, Head of Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation, UNU-EHS

2009 Munich Research Brief

Session II:  Environmental Migration: What Are the Implications for Development?  

Mr. Sami Areikat, Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA

Ms. Wei-Meng Lim-Kabaa, Deputy Director, UNHCR
Session III:  Forging International Law and National Policy Responses to Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change

Ms. Michelle Leighton, Director of Human Rights Programs, Center for Law and Global Justice, University of San Francisco School of Law

Mr. Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Policy Development and Studies, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Ms. Isabel Pereira, Policy Specialist, Human Development Report Office, UNDP

Mr. Noel Gonzalez, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations

Session IV:  The Way Forward - Building Capacities for Implementing Policies to Mitigate Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change

Mr. Frank Laczko, Chief, Research and Publications, IOM

Mr  Robert McLeman,  Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program,  Department of Geography,  University of Ottawa

Fact Sheet UNITAR Climate Change Programme

Closing Remarks

Ms. Valeska Hesse

Additional Information

Speakers biographies 

Information note on the seminar (pdf)

Agenda (pdf)

IOM: Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence (2009)

GMG/UNFPA Fact Sheet: Migration and Climate Change