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Climate-Induced Human Mobility

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The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) hosted an event on Climate-Induced Displacement and Migration on the occasion of the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) in Suva Fiji, a key global gathering for civil society and other stakeholders engaging constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges.

This event on climate-induced Human Mobility brought together a wide range of panelists from Pacific island communities presenting on their experience and perspectives, with responses and concerns from international organisations such as UNOCHA, OXFAM, UNHCHR, UNOCHA and UNESCAP.

It was a wonderful solid three hour of exchange of experiences, sharing insights and discussion on how the adverse effects of climate change are expected to profoundly affect human rights and social justice forcing relocation and displacement.

The panelists gave concrete examples of individuals or entire communities that had to leave their place of residence either through planned relocation, displacement or migration due to climate change that is already affecting infrastructure, agricultural production, access to safe water, worker productivity, and sea level. Lessons learned from post-disaster relocation following category 5 cyclone Winston in Fiji were also presented.

The side-event provided a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of this issue of human mobility in the context of climate change and disasters in the Pacific. And in order to build momentum on the matter, the side-event launched a Declaration on climate-induced displacement that can be found and signed on:

http://www.civicus.org/icsw/documents/Declaration-on-Climate-Induced-Displacement.pdf

This Declaration aims to influence on the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly migration being negotiated, and urges the international community to commit to protecting the human rights of all persons, regardless of their migratory status and fulfill the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement.

For more on the side-event, including pictures and presentations, one can visit the PIDF website:

http://pacificidf.org/climate-induced-displacement/

and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pidf.secretariat

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