Globally, 21.5 million displacements are caused each year by climate-related events, such as floods, storms and extreme temperatures (UNHCR/IDMC). Additionally, climate change acts as a risk multiplier in places that receive migrants and displaced people.
This phenomenon raises fundamental questions for climate justice in the region. In this context, it is crucial to raise awareness and increase understanding of its complexities to develop comprehensive responses.
In the last decade, initiatives have emerged to prevent, address and respond to human mobility in relation to climate change from multidimensional approaches in the region. These approaches include the recovery of ecosystem services and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for affected communities. Sharing these experiences and lessons learned is essential to build future policies and practices.
In this event, UNEP, UNHCR, IOM and WFP will share key messages on human mobility and the climate crisis, so that they can be considered in the negotiations of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP28), including the Global Goal on Adaptation and financing arrangements to address Loss and Damage.
- Raise awareness about the challenge of migration and displacement related to climate risks and increase understanding of their complexities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Share the work of initiatives that address human mobility from different dimensions, including the recovery of ecosystem services and livelihoods.
- Advocate for the integration of the migration and displacement dimension into COP28 discussions, including the Global Goal on Adaptation and financing agreements for loss and damage.
Senior Advisor at the UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre
El Bosque Community in Mexico.
International Organization for Migration in Migration, Environment and Climate Change.
Maria Bances is the Senior Coordinator of Protection at UNHCR, the Regional Office for the Americas
World Food Program
Regional Program Officer for Climate Change Adaptation at UNEP
Daniel Diaz Rivas
Office for Latin America and the Caribbean UNEP