Prepare and Adapt: Climate Change and Human Mobility – in Paris and Beyond

Recognizing that climate-induced human mobility is a climate change adaptation concern, in December 2010, the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed upon the Cancun Adaptation Framework which introduced paragraph 14(f), and invited Parties to:

“to enhance action on adaptation under the Cancun Adaptation Framework […] by undertaking inter alia, the following: […] Measures to enhance understanding, coordination and cooperation with regard to climate change induced displacement, migration and planned relocation, where appropriate, at national, regional and international levels.”

Similarly, the 2012 Doha decision on loss and damage (3/CP.18) recognized climate-induced human mobility encouraged further work to enhance the understanding of how impacts of climate change are affecting “patterns of migration, displacement and human mobility.”

Thus, Parties have already recognized that climate change-related displacement and other forms of human mobility are both a climate change adaptation issue and a problem related to loss and damage.

This event is organized by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland in their capacity as the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

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