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Suva - 06 Oct 2020

Government Officials from around the Pacific region started a series of virtual policy discussions this week (16/09) that will examine how climate change and disasters will affect mobility trends in the Pacific Islands.

The regional policy dialogue is facilitated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), as part of the joint-UN agency programme on Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security (PCCMHS) programme.

The programme is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the lead agency, ESCAP, International Labour Organization (ILO), the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).

The programme is funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security and the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Though Pacific countries are among the smallest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, the region is highly exposed to its harshest impacts. Pacific communities are affected by a range of sudden-onset and slow-onset hazards that are either made more intense, accelerated by, or caused by climate change. This contributes to voluntary migration flows but at the same time, could increase displacement both internally and across borders. In order to adapt to the impacts of climate change, some governments are already supporting the movement of climate change-affected communities.

Over the next three months, Pacific Governments from across the region will have six online sessions that will look closely into some of the issues that arise from climate change related migration, displacement and relocation so that this complex nexus becomes better understood within the region.

Session 1: Introductory Session
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
12:00-14:00 (Fiji Time)

Session 2: Country Perspectives I
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
12:00-14:00 (Fiji Time)

Session 3: Country Perspectives II
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
12:00-14:00 (Fiji Time)

Session 4: Regional and Global Context
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
12:00-14:00 (Fiji Time)

Session 5: Legal and Policy Gaps
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
9:00-12:00 (Fiji Time)

Session 6: Framing a Pacific Regional Response
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
12:00-14:00 (Fiji Time)

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