Across the globe, people are literally running for their lives as their homes and countries are ripped apart by the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather patterns, rising seas levels, and more frequent and catastrophic ‘natural’ disasters are forcing more and more people to leave their homes.
Thankfully, civil society is leading the way in preventing and mitigating the impacts of migration and forced displacement. But it’s not enough – both governments and the international community need to be part of the solution. In 2016, world leaders began drafting a new Global Compact on “safe, orderly and regular migration”, to be finalised by September 2018. Now it’s up to us to make sure they deliver, not only by the agreed timelines but in a way that creates real change.
We know that civil society movements and actors hold widespread influence. We also know that climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Coordinated and collective action at the local, national and global levels is necessary to protect the human rights and dignity of those affected by climate induced displacement.
Add your voice to the Declaration on Climate-Induced Displacement. In the Declaration, we call on the international community to include the following in the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration:
- Recognition that climate change is a driver of internal and international displacement.
- Commitment to fulfil the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
- Reaffirmation of international and regional human rights commitments.
- Recognition that communities must have key human rights like food, water, housing and health protected to reduce the necessity of migration.
- Commitment to consultation and engagement with impacted communities.
- Commitment to those who are most vulnerable to climate displacement.
Together, we can stand in solidarity with those affected and demand that policy-makers play their part in ensuring a more just, peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world for all.