Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility
UNFCCC COP23, Bonn, Germany
6-17 November 2017

The Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility (Advisory Group) provides technical support to UNFCCC Parties on climate change-induced population displacement, migration, and planned relocation (collectively, “human mobility”). Composed of relevant UN agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions,i we work to ensure that aspects of human mobility addressed under the UNFCCC are coherent and based on the most recent evidence, findings and experience (research, best practices, data, etc.)

The Advisory Group’s work is anchored in decisions of UNFCCC Parties to enhance understanding and action in the area of climate change and human mobility.ii At COP21 in Paris in 2015, important progress was made with the creation of the Task Force on displacement under the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism charged with developing recommendations on “integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change.”iii

At present, members of the Advisory Group have been supporting the development and implementation of the Task Force’s two year work plan (2016-2018). In addition, Advisory Group members are actively engaged in other relevant fora related to climate change and human mobility with the goal of ensuring a coherent, integrated, and evidence-based approach.iv


Events/Press Briefings on Climate Change and Human Mobility

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i The members of the Advisory Group are the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Norwegian Refugee Council and its Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Refugees International (RI), the Hugo Observatory, and the Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED).
ii Paragraph 14(f) of the Cancun Decision 1/CP.16 and Doha decision 3/CP.18 paragraph 7 (a) (vi).
iii http://unfccc.int/adaptation/groups_committees/loss_and_damage_executive_committee/items/9978.php
iv These include, among others, the work of the Platform on Disaster Displacement (follow-on to the Nansen Initiative), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the development of a UN Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration.