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FIFDH - “Climate Refugees”: Drop the quotation marks!

14/03/2018 - 18:30

The FIFDH is the leading international event dedicated to film and human rights. For the past 15 years, the festival has taken place in the heart of Geneva, the human rights capital, parallel to the annual main session of the UN Human Rights Council in March.

Film followed by debate co-presented with the Philantropia Foundation and the Platform on Disaster Displacement.

Hurricanes, droughts, floods... Weather phenomena are more and more extreme, and “climate refugees” more and more numerous. Yet no legal status protects the latter, making the expression legally unrecognized.

The impact of climate on population movements around the world is already a reality. Tens of millions of people are forced to move every year, far more than those affected by armed conflict.

Most of the victims of global warming do not come from regions that contribute the most to the phenomenon. Vulnerable people are the most affected. Yet they are not legally recognized as refugees because they are not fleeing any political persecution. A legal void that at best looks like an injustice and, at worst, a shame. Can the states be convinced to take responsibility? Who will accept the climate refugees?

The Age of Consequences by Jared P. Scott examines the influence of climate change on the scarcity of resources and threats to security


Robin Bronen | Executive Director, Alaska Institute for Justice
Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd) | Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) and former Military Advisor to the President of Bangladesh
Nazhat Shameem Khan | Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji in Geneva and Chief of Negotiations at COP23
Laura Thompson | Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Moderated by
Xavier Colin | Founder of GEOPOLITIS on RTS, associate fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP)

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