UNHCR’s Perspective on Climate Displacement

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has recently updated their policy paper entitled Climate change, natural disasters and human displacement: a UNHCR perspective, which was originally released October 2008. The 14-page paper looks at the human side of climate change, particularly the status and protection needs of those who are most directly affected. […]

Latest Round of the Climate Change Talks Update

Here is an update for those of you that are following the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) this December. More than 2,000 representatives met at the latest round of the Climate Change Talks, which took place on August 10-14. The committee had the current revised version of the negotiating […]

Confronting a Rising Tide: A Proposal for a Convention on Climate Change Refugees

Harvard Law School has just published the second issue of thier semi-annual Harvard Environmental Law Review. The issue includes the article Confronting a Rising Tide: A Proposal for a Convention on Climate Change Refugees, which is authored by Harvard Law School lecturers Bonnie Docherty and Tyler Giannini. This is an excellent piece which advocates for […]

Defining Environmental Migrants as "Survival Migrants"?

In a recently published report, two academics from Oxford University have come up with the term “survival migrants” to accommodate groups who do not fall within the legal refugee definition in the 1951 Refugee Convention. Dr. Alexander Betts and his co-author Esra Kaytaz say that “survival migrants” are described as “forced migrants who are not […]

EFMSV Conference Outcome Summary Now Available

In a previous post I wrote about the International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration, and Social Vulnerability (EFMSV) held in Bonn, Germany last October. It was the first ever large scale international event organized on the issue of environmental migration. The “Bonn Points”, which contains nine critical questions concerning environmentally induced migration, were posed during […]

Podcast: UN Expert Explains Environmentally Induced Migration

In a recent interview with the International Relations and Security Network (ISN), Dr. Koko Warner, Head of Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section at the UN University (UNU-EHS), explains the term “environmentally induced migrant” and confirms that action is needed to assist people being affected by climate change. canada online pharmacy levitra Dr. Warner […]