Media Advisory: Press conference on climate change, migration and international justice

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  • 2018•11•30     Katowice

    Who

    • Prof. Dirk Messner, Director, United Nations University Institute for the Environment and Human Security and Co-chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change
    • Dr. Robert Oakes, Senior Migration Expert, United Nations University Institute for the Environment and Human Security
    • TBC

    What

    Press briefing on climate change, migration and international justice. A policy perspective over the Pacific

    When

    Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11.00-11.30 am

    Where

    Press Conference Room Warszawa Area B – Theatre, COP venue
    The full press conference will be live streamed here: https://unfccc-cop24.streamworld.de

    Why

    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.

    For more questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

    Jimin Hwang (in Bonn)
    Communication Associate
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Tel + 49-176-759-700-59
    hwang@ehs.unu.edu
    www.ehs.unu.edu

    Janine Kandel (in Bonn)
    Head of Communication
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Tel: + 49-228-815-0219
    kandel@ehs.unu.edu
    www.ehs.unu.edu

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