Press briefing on climate change, migration and international justice. A policy perspective over the Pacific
Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11.00-11.30 am
Press Conference Room Warszawa Area B – Theatre, COP venue
The full press conference will be live streamed here: https://unfccc-cop24.streamworld.de
Environmental impacts related to climate change are affecting countries around the world. Every year approximately 25 million people are newly displaced. In the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS), this is especially true, as both livelihoods and the physical integrity of the islands are threatened by sea level rise, floods and changes in rainfall patterns. Although mitigation and adaptation are always the priority, it is also key to promote progressive modes of enabling migration with dignity. One possible solution to this is the idea of a climate passport. The urgency of the situation for Pacific SIDS and the relatively small numbers of people affected means that granting affected peoples the right to move to new areas is a viable way to enable them to enjoy sustainable and dignified lives. Moreover, this plan would represent climate justice as people could move to the richer countries which are most responsible for the emissions which are causing climate change. As such the climate passport could represent a beacon of humanity providing an example of how to facilitate voluntary migration, while protecting the rights of migrants.
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