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Intersessional panel discussion on human rights, climate change, migrants and persons displaced across international borders

06/10/2017 - 10:00 - 13:00

This panel discussion will address the relationship between human rights, climate change and cross-border migration in the context of the adverse impacts of climate change. The objectives are: 

  • To enhance understanding of the relationship between the adverse impacts of climate change, human rights and international migration;
  • To identify challenges in the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of migrants in the context of the adverse impacts of climate change;
  • To identify opportunities for States, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to facilitate the protection and fulfilment of the human rights of migrants in the context of the adverse impacts of climate change;
  • To highlight the need for international cooperation and assistance in responding to the challenges posed by climate change and migration, particularly for those most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change;
  • To contribute to relevant processes that address migration in the context of climate change, including the stocktaking efforts for the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration and the work of the Task Force on Displacement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Chair: H. E. Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, President of the Human Rights Council

Opening statement: Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Keynote speaker:  Ms. Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration (by video message)

Panellists:

  • Mr. Walter Kaelin, Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement
  • Ms. Njeri Kabeberi, Executive Director, Greenpeace Africa
  • Mr. Itinterunga Rae Bainteiti, National Coordinator, Kiribati National Youth Association of NGOs
  • Ms. Erika Ramos, Founder, South American Network for Environmental Migrations (RESAMA)

The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for States, international organizations and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the connection between the adverse impacts of climate change, cross-border migration and displacement, and the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights.

More information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/PanelClimateMigrants.aspx

Location: 

Palais des Nations, Room XX