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Commentary: Proposed Global Compacts on Refugees & Migration can help int'l community plan for climate-induced displacement

Author: Kumi Naidoo, Eco-business, Published on: 3 June 2018

"The Coming Way of Climate Displacement", 28 May 2018

Governments around the world are engaged in a series of talks...one...focused on the protection of refugees; the other on migration... These discussions... will not result in legally binding agreements... [however] offer the international community an opportunity to plan for the impact of climate change, which will soon become a key driver of global displacement and migration... The Global Compact on Refugees that is currently under discussion... would commit signatories to protecting “those displaced by natural disasters and climate change.”... There has never been a global treaty governing migration... [and] [t]he proposed Global Compact for Migration... notes that climate change is among the “adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin.”... This type of regulatory language reaffirms what at-risk populations around the world already know: droughts, natural disasters, desertification, crop failure, and many other environmental changes are upending livelihoods and rendering entire communities uninhabitable.

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