The Storm Ahead
The Earth's climate is changing at a rate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts. Some families and communities have already started to suffer from the negative side of climate change, forced to leave their homes in search of a new beginning.
For UNHCR, the consequences of climate change are enormous. Scarce natural resources such as drinking water are likely to become even more limited. Many crops and some livestock are unlikely to survive in certain locations if conditions become too hot and dry, or too cold and wet. Food security, already a significant concern, will become even more challenging.
People will have to try and adapt to this situation, but for many this will mean a conscious move to another place to survive. Such moves, or the adverse effects that climate change may have on natural resources, may spark conflict with other communities, as an increasing number of people compete for a decreasing amount of resources.
In addition to working on vital human rights issues relating to population displacement induced by climate change, UNHCR will adapt much of its environment-related planning and work to address the effects of climate change.
22-25 February 2011, Bellagio, Italy
- No. 20: Climate Change and the Risk of Statelessness: The Situation of Low-lying Island States. Susin Park
- No. 18: Climate Change Induced Displacement: Adaptation Policy in the Context of the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations. Koko Warner
- No. 19: Climate Change Displacement and International Law: Complementary Protection Standards. Jane McAdam
- Summary of deliberations: Climate Change and Displacement: Identifying Gaps and Responses: Expert Roundtable, Bellagio Conference Centre, 22-26 February 2011
- Agenda: Expert Roundtable on Climate Change and Displacement: Identifying Gaps and Responses, Bellagio, Italy, 22-25 February 2011
Presentations on Climate Change
- Planned relocations, disasters and climate change: consolidating good practices and preparing for the future. Background document, San Remo consultation, 12-14 March 2014
- Challenges relating to climate change induced displacement. Remarks by Mr José Riera, International Conference "Millions of People without Protection: Climate Change Induced Displacement in Developing Countries" Berlin, 29 January 2013
- Climate change and forced migration hotspots: From humanitarian response to area-wide adaptation, by Jean‐François Durieux, Deputy Director, UNHCR Division of Operational Services, 6 April 2009
- A powerpoint on climate change by UNHCR Senior Policy Adviser José Riera
- Planning for the Inevitable: an address by Deputy High Commissioner L. Craig Johnstone
- The Climate Change Future is Now: an address by Deputy High Commissioner L. Craig Johnstone
- Address by UNHCR Senior Adviser on Climate Change Yoichiro Tsuchida in Bonn, October 2008
- Powerpoint presentation by UNHCR Senior Adviser on Climate Change Yoichiro Tsuchida in Bonn, October 2008
- Non Paper: Comments and Proposed Revisions to the Negotiating Text Prepared by the Chair of the UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action
- Forced Displacement in the Context of Climate Change: Challenges for States Under International Law
- Climate Change and Statelessness: An Overview
- Protecting the Health of Vulnerable People from the Humanitarian Consequences of Climate Change and Climate Related Disasters
- Climate Change, Migration and Displacement: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Options