Climate Change, Migration and Displacement Events at COP16

The United Nations Climate Change Conference starts tomorrow in Cancun and runs for two weeks. I am travelling right now where internet is limited so I will try my best keep the blog updated. I will be in Cancun during the second week to attend and cover a few of the related meetings. Below are some of the migration and displacement side events happening at COP16. If you know of any other events please contact me and I will add them to this post.

Displacement and migration: Examples of initiatives and activities to support resilience and adaptation
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Tuesday, November 30 – 18:30—20:00
This event will focus on national and sub-national level policy and programme implementation, including assistance in the development of policies on displacement and climate change; advocacy on displacement; and dissemination of tools that specifically target vulnerable communities such as refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.

Climate change and forced migration (organized with Bread for the World and UNU)
Stockholm Environemntal Istitiute/IIED/IISD
Part of the “Development and Climate Days at COP-16”
Sunday, December 5 – Day Two – 1:30 pm – 3pm. By RSVP only.
– Chair: Koko Warner, UNU
– Ferdausur Rahman, Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB)
– Peter Emberson, the Pacific Conference of Churches
– Isabel Cruz Hernández, Mexican Association of Credit Unions from the Social Sector
– Resettlement needs in Papua New Guinea, Sophia Wirshing, Bread for the World
– Africa presentation tbc

Rights for climate induced forced migrants : Responsibility of

international community
Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust)

Monday, December 6 -16:45—18:15
There will be 2 billion displaced people due to climate induced problems, alone in Bangladesh these figure will be 30 millions by

the year 2010, they should have rights to life and livelihood in view different UN convenants.

Climate Change, Environment and Migration Alliance (CCEMA): understanding impacts and finding solutions
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Wednesday, December 8 – 15:00—16:30
IOM, UNU and other CCEMA partners highlight key questions and challenges for migration and displacement. Delegates and experts discuss proactive approaches for policy and practice in the context of climate change and adaptation, with relevant case studies.


  • Dr.Anamul Haque Labu

    I want to share various issues regarding effect of climate change.

  • Dr.Anamul Haque Labu

    In any disaster children are affected more all over the world. The disaster caused by climate change also affected mostly children. In the period of study for my Ph.D degree in ‘climate change and sustainable development’ I realized children are mostly affected by climate change. We should raise our voice against clima…te change as well as adaptation program for the children also.

  • Dr.Anamul Haque Labu

    I hope cop16 will help the most vulnerable countries by climate change.

  • Elisa Mason

    Here is another side event I came across, organized by EquityBD (, and entitled “Rights for Climate Forced Migrants : Need of New UN Protocol.” See the right-hand sidebar for info., including a background paper.

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