The main topic of conversation during the Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) in Kigali is how to address how climate change affects human mobility

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Discussions at the Pan African Forum on Migration

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • In order to provide a more focused engagement with all relevant migration stakeholders, including Regional Economic Communities, the African Union (AU), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Republic of Rwanda, the 7th Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) in Kigali on October 18, 2022, with the theme: “Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Human Mobility in Africa: Building Adaptation Strategies and Resilient Communities.

  • As they get ready for COP 27 in Cairo, Egypt in November 2022, member states can take advantage of the 7th PAFOM to create a shared knowledge of the effects of climate-induced migration.

  • During the opening session, Mrs. Aissata Kane spoke as well.

  • According to Mrs. Aissata Kane, up to 85.7 million climate migrants (4.2% of the region’s population) could leave Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • On October 21, during the session of the relevant Ministers of Migration and Climate-Related Issues, a meeting outcome report outlining concrete key commitments and policy recommendations for Member States and other stakeholders’ implementation on ways to address the impact of climate change on migration and displacement governance will be presented.

In order to provide a more focused engagement with all relevant migration stakeholders, including Regional Economic Communities, the African Union (AU), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Republic of Rwanda, the 7th Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) will be held in Kigali on October 18, 2022, with the theme “Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Human Mobility in Africa: Building Adaptation Strategies and Resilient Communities.”

As they get ready for COP 27 in Cairo, Egypt in November 2022, member states can take advantage of the 7th PAFOM to create a shared knowledge of the effects of climate-induced migration.

The Senior Officials Meeting of the Pan African Forum on Migration got off to a good start when Mrs. Clementine Mukeka, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Rwandan government and people.

She also asked the people from the Member States to use the meeting to reaffirm their commitments, improve their relationships with each other, and come up with effective strategies for the continent.

Ms. Angela Martins, the Ag. Director for Social Development, Culture, and Sports expressed gratitude to the Rwandan government for hosting the event and for helping to support the attendees in her keynote speech.

She also thanked everyone who came and the AU partners, especially the IOM, ILO, and IFRC, who helped the AU Commission plan the meeting and made it a big success. She went on to say that PAFOM is a way for states on the same continent to talk to each other and talk about migration governance issues that affect the continent right now. It also gives people a chance to share their experiences, find the best ways to do things, and make a plan for how to deal with these problems on a continental scale.

She said that the connection between migration and climate change has led to a lot of debate and policy discussions in Africa. This shows how worried people are about how climate change affects people’s ability to move around, on the one hand, and how these things affect Africa’s socio-economic development, human welfare, and general quality of life, on the other.

Ms. Angela Martin said that the African Union Commission (AUC) is committed to continuing to help Member States create and implement policies by giving them technical help. One of these policy initiatives is the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Better Livelihoods, which makes a promise to “enhance resilience.” Other plans include the Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022–2032) of the African Union; the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA), the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI), the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), and the Malabo Declaration.

During the opening session, Mrs. Aissata Kane spoke as well. She is the Senior Regional Advisor to the IOM Director General. She emphasised the impact of disasters, environmental degradation, and climate change on displacement. “There will be 23.7 million internal emigrations due to calamities in 2021. Global predictions say that by 2050, 216 million people may move within their own countries. According to Mrs. Aissata Kane, up to 85.7 million climate migrants (4.2% of the region’s population) could leave Sub-Saharan Africa. She asked for more to be done to stop, reduce, and deal with displacement caused by climate change and to make sure there are regular, safe, and orderly ways for people to move.

On October 21, the Ministers of Migration and Climate-Related Issues will meet to talk about how to deal with the effects of climate change on migration and displacement governance. At the end of the meeting, a report will be released with concrete key commitments and policy recommendations for Member States and other stakeholders to use.

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Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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