World Humanitarian Summit and climate-induced displaced people- 7 May 2016
Setting Agenda for World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul – Climate Change-Induced Displacement : Humanitarian and Rights Perspective
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“Regarding the relation between climate disruption and human displacements : it does exist but we must recognize that it is difficult to identify and qualify.”- HE Sophie Aubert, The Ambassador of France in Bangladesh.
Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust, a non-government organization, arranged a discussion on ‘Setting Agenda for World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul – Climate Change-Induced Displacement : Humanitarian and Rights Perspective’ at Cirdap auditorium in Dhaka on 7th May.
Moderated by executive director of COAST Trust Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, the discussion was addressed, among others, by French Ambassador in Dhaka HE Sophie Aubert and Jeremy Wallard of the United Nations’ office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (Bangkok).
The French ambassador emphasized the issue of Climate induced displacements with two vital causes : First, because the relation between climate disruption and migration is difficult to qualify, Second, because any phenomenon has to be named first, before being addressed.
She mentioned the major initiative in this regard, named as “Nansen initiative” launched in 2011 by Switzerland and Norway, in collaboration with HCR and IOM. This informal initiative aims at improving our global knowledge on this issue, implementing good practices and building a program to protect the environmental migrants. This initiative is a consultative process, involving the states affected by this phenomenon, in order to implement ad hoc regional agreements. France joined the group of the Friends of the initiative early 2014.
The French ambassador concluded that, in one of its decisions COP21 also asked the executive committee of the Warsaw mechanism to prepare recommendations on prevention and reduction of displacements induced by climate disruption. This mechanism is expected to present its conclusions at COP22.
Besides, Mr. Atiq Rahman, The executive director of Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies, Urbanization will lead climate change-induced migration in the country, we should reduce our internal migration through better preparedness. Eminent economist and PKSF chairman Prof Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said, ‘Climate change is happening here and displacement is also happening, so it’s very difficult to determine the reasons behind the displacement.’
He said urbanization should be planned to minimize the aftermath of climate change-induced internal migration in the country. The economist stressed the need for focusing on loss and damage issue, adaptation and economic and social development to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. Disaster management and relief secretary Md Shah Kamal said Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country where a number of natural disasters take place, but it has already achieved tremendous success in disaster management. On the contrary, environmental experts in the discussion clearly expressed their concern that climate change will emerge as a great threat to the country’s development in the days to come.