ILO events addressing climate change and labour migration

Date:

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Tuesday, November 08, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is hosting a series of events at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, aimed at discussing how climate change affects human mobility and migration. These events are co-organized by the ILO, UN Network on Migration, IOM, Task Force on Disaster Displacement, and Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Migration due to climate change may make people more vulnerable if no safety measures exist. However, well-considered migration that complies with international norms can help communities cope with climate change. The Just Transition Pavilion event will highlight conversations and initiatives on climate change and human mobility from the International Migration Review Forum.

The effects of climate change on people, their communities, their jobs, and their way of life are disastrous. But migration can help both the people who are leaving and the people who are coming in to deal with climate change.

To secure this favorable outcome, migration must be planned through a collaborative, rights-based, and equitable process that complies with international norms, particularly international labor rules that guarantee decent work for migrant workers.

The essential activities co-organized by the ILO Labour Migration Branch, the UN Network on Migration, the IOM, the Task Force on Disaster Displacement, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development at the COP 27 Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, are listed below.

These events bring together policymakers from governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, academics, civil society representatives, and other parties to raise awareness of how climate change affects human mobility, make connections and synergies between people who work on migration and people who work on climate change and think about how to include the topic of labor migration in the planning processes for both.

Collaborations to address the opportunities and problems of human mobility in light of climate change and disasters

2:00 p.m. on November 11 – Climate mobility Pavilion

Mobility due to climate change may make people more vulnerable if no safety measures exist. However, well-considered migration that complies with international norms can help send and receive communities build their capacity for coping with climate change. The main topics of discussion at this event will be strengthening partnerships, inclusive, sustainable development, and the transition to a green economy, as well as approaches from the IGAD region addressing the opportunities and challenges of human mobility in the context of climate change and disasters. Speakers from governments, businesses, and labour unions will debate essential issues for fair transitions and good jobs that include those on the move during this event.

Migration of labour and climate mobility in a just transition

ILO Live will webcast the Just Transition Pavilion event on November 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Mobility due to climate change may make people more vulnerable if no safety measures exist. However, well-considered migration that complies with international norms can help send and receive communities build their capacity for coping with climate change. Speakers from governments, businesses, and labour organisations will discuss the most critical issues for fair transitions, including those who are moving during this event.

Building synergies and coordinating initiatives will help to make progress against climate change and human mobility

At 5:45 p.m. on November 12*, UN City Egypt Pavilion

To encourage additional conversation as a basis for coordinated action under the UNFCCC and the Global Compact for Migration, the event will highlight conversations and initiatives on climate change and human mobility from the International Migration Review Forum.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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