United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room A (TNLB)
20 April 2010
9:45 AM Registration
10:00 Welcome and Programme Overview
Mr. Jose Miguel Guzman, Chief Population and Development Branch, UNFPA
Mr. David Koschel, Officer in Charge, UNITAR
Session I: Grasping the Evidence: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Environmental and Climate Change on
Chair: Ms. Hania Zlotnik, Director, Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
10:15 Mr. Frank Laczko, Chief, Research and Publications, IOM
Ms. Koko Warner, Head of Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation, UNU-EHS
• What do we know about the nexus between environmental/climate change and migration?
• What kind of empirical evidence do we have?
• What are the research and data gaps?
11:15 Coffee Break
Session II: Environmental Migration: What Are the Implications for Development?
Chair: Ms. Sarah Rosengärtner, Migration and Development Specialist, UNDP
11:30 Mr. Sami Areikat, Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA
Ms. Wei-Meng Lim-Kabaa, Deputy Director, UNHCR
Representative of the Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations
Representative of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
• How does migration triggered by environmental and climate changes affect development?
• What are the consequences for the most vulnerable countries and communities?
• What are the positive effects of environmentally induced migration?
Seminar on Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change
13:00 Lunch Break
Session III: Forging International Law and National Policy Responses to Environmentally Induced Migration and
Chair: Ms. Zehra Aydin, Liaison Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), New York
15:00 Ms. Michelle Leighton, Director of Human Rights Programs, Center for Law and Global Justice
University of San Francisco School of Law
Mr. Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Policy Development and Studies, Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Ms. Isabel Pereira, Policy Specialist, Human Development Report Office, UNDP
Mr. Noel Gonzalez, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations
H.E. Dr. Dessima Williams, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) (TbC)
• What are possible policy answers to environmentally induced migration?
• What are existing legal frameworks on the international level and protection gaps?
• How can disaster resilience be enhanced to address displacement due to environmental or
• How can we bring together migration, development, climate change and the environment
• How can the global migration and development agenda be linked with the global environment
and climate change agenda?
16:30 Coffee Break
Session IV: The Way Forward - Building Capacities for Implementing Policies to Mitigate Environmentally Induced
Migration and Climate Change
Chair: Ms. Ann Pawliczko, Senior Project Adviser, Population and Development Branch, UNFPA
16:45 Mr. Frank Laczko, Chief, Research and Publications, IOM
Mr Robert McLeman, Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography,
University of Ottawa
• How is the participation of developing countries in the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) improved through capacity building?
• How can migration be integrated in the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA)?
• What is the potential of capacity building in addressing migration as part of the adaptation
process to climate change?
17:45 Closing Remarks: Ms. Valeska Hesse, Coordinator of the Migration and Development Series, UNITAR
18:00 End of the Day
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