Regional Meeting on Climate Change and Migration in the Pacific

Date: 
7 Dec 2016 to 9 Dec 2016
Location: 
Suva, Fiji

A regional meeting on climate change and migration in the Pacific to identify key priorities and responsibilities for advancing commitments under key international and regional policy frameworks.

This regional meeting is a joint collaboration between the Pacific Climate Change Migration Project (PCCM) (implemented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Development Program) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) with support from International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations University. The meeting is a key activity of the PCCM which is a European Union funded project that aims to develop the capacity of Pacific Island countries, to address the impacts of climate change on migration through well-managed, rights-based migration schemes and policy frameworks, supported by comprehensive research and knowledge building. The project assists target countries (Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu) in three ways: knowledge building through the collection and analysis of information, technical capacity development in increasing labour migration opportunities, and the facilitation of a regional meeting and collaboration on the critical issues facing the region with respect to climate change induced migration.

The regional meeting will build on existing global and regional policy directions, including the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), the Paris Agreement including the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage (WIM), the Samoa Pathway and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in order to promote alignment and coherence. Based on this context, a range of specific regional policy options will be discussed and debated:

• Development-Migration Nexus in the context of the SDG
• Building resilience through labour mobility
• Migration and displacement as they relate to loss and damage (Warsaw International Mechanism)
• Regional mechanisms to address the needs of migrants and displaced persons

The purpose of the meeting is to identify key priorities and responsibilities for advancing commitments under key international and regional policy frameworks concerning climate change migration and displacement.

Senior government officials from across relevant Pacific government departments (Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji, RMI, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and the Solomon Islands) have confirmed participation, development partners and experts/resource persons will also participate.