Disaster and Climate-induced Displacement & Mobility – Challenge of the 21st century

The Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) jointly present the ninth instalment in the Migration and Development Debate Series.

Disaster and Climate-induced Displacement & Mobility – Challenge of the 21st century

When: Thursday, August 31st, 2017, 12:30-14:00

Welcome remarks:

Annett Günther, Deputy Director-General for Humanitarian Assistance, Federal Foreign Office

Annette Chammas, Head of Division 320, Policy Issues of Displacement and Migration, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


Atle Solberg, Head of Coordination Unit, Platform on Disaster Displacement

Susanne Melde, Senior Analyst, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Discussant: Prof. Felicitas Hillmann, Head of Department, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space

Facilitation: Claudia Meier, Project manager, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

About: Large-scale displacements have devastating effects on people and communities. They create complex humanitarian and development challenges that call for urgent partnerships and enhanced cooperation. People that are forced to cross a border in the context of a disaster and the effects of climate change have only limited protection when they arrive in another country. The Nansen Initiative consultative process identified effective practices to address the protection needs of disaster displaced persons. In 2016 the Platform on Disaster Displacement was launched to follow up on the Nansen Initiative and to support the implementation of its recommendations.

The debate will address the following questions: 

• How can knowledge and data gaps on why, where, when, and how people are displaced/decide to migrate in the context of disasters and climate change be addressed?
• How can cooperation to prevent, to reduce and to address disaster displacement at the national, regional and international levels be strengthened?
• How can the use of effective practices to reduce disaster displacement risks and to carry out humanitarian protection measures be enhanced? 
• How can policy coherence and mainstreaming of human mobility challenges and benefits in and across relevant policy and action areas be promoted?
• How can safe and orderly human mobility be an adaptation strategy to climate change in order to prevent displacement?
• How can policy and normative development in legal gap areasbe promoted?

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