IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsEnvironmental Migrants: Climate Change and Human Migration

 

print print  |  share share back back

Panel Discussions - Monday, October 24, 2011

Environmental Migrants: Climate Change and Human Migration

“Human migration, forced or otherwise, will be one of the most significant consequences of environment degradation and climate change in decades to come,” said Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, at an IPI event on October 24, 2011.

“The immediate effects of this phenomenon have a particularly serious impact in countries and regions already facing other security and governance challenges,” he said. “The question, therefore, is how can a better knowledge of climate change patterns contribute to more capable international responses to situations of human migrations?”

The event, “Environmental Migrants: Climate Change and Human Migration,” was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and of Germany, and featured remarks and discussion from three panelists: Udo Janz, Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Susan Martin, Associate Professor of International Migration and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University; and Michele Klein Solomon, Permanent Observer to the United Nations for International Organization for Migration.

Ambassador Miguel Berger, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, also gave opening remarks.

The event was chaired by Warren Hoge, IPI Senior Advisor for External Relations.

 Read transcript

Watch video of event:





More event coverage:
Climate Change, Migrations and Few Welcome Mats [PassBlue.com]

The Global Observatory

Is the Flood of Violent Images Further Dividing the West and the Middle East?
Though the majority of Middle East populations are concerned with peace and security, many outsiders perceive them as only interested in violence and extremism.

Key Global Events to Watch in April
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

April 05, 2014
IPI Opens Middle East Regional Office
International Peace Institute President Terje Rød-Larsen inaugurated IPI’s new Middle East Regional Office with a recognition of the area’s critical importance to the world and the rapid political changes underway in the countries of the region, and he asserted that IPI has an “important role” to play there.

April 03, 2014
In Horn of Africa, Links Between Disaster, Conflict, and Displacement
What are the links between climate change, conflict, and the displacement of people? A panel of experts discussed this nexus and its implications in the Horn of Africa at the International Peace Institute on April 3rd in an event cosponsored by the Nansen Initiative.

March 26, 2014
Derek Plumbly on Lebanese Resilience Amid Rising Challenges
Lebanon has exceeded expectations in dealing with the continuing fallout from the crisis in neighboring Syria, said Derek Plumbly, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, on March 26th. Speaking at the International Peace Institute, Mr. Plumbly praised the Lebanese people for “actually sustaining a measure of stability in their country.”

View More