IOM Highlights Climate Change and Human Mobility Concerns During Aswan Forum in Cairo

Cairo – 21 June 2022. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is taking part in the Third Edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development. IOM participation at the event, which is taking place on 21-22 June 2022 in Cairo, comes as part of its commitment to supporting and contributing towards active dialogues on sustainable peace in Africa through effectively addressing human mobility issues in fragile and conflict settings. 

Impacts of climate change on heightened food and water insecurity, competition over resources, loss in livelihoods and exacerbated displacement, will be highlighted in the event. According to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Action Agenda on Internal Displacement around 216 million people could be forced to move internally by 2050 in just six regions due to climate change if immediate action is not taken. 

The Forum organized by the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), in coordination with the National Coordination Committee headed by the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs.   

Discussions at the Forum will inform the upcoming Conference of Parties 27 (COP 27) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be hosted by Egypt as its Presidency in November 2022.  

“Climate change is very rarely a single cause of human mobility, except on what concerns disaster displacement. Other mobility dynamics are nuanced and depended on multiple drivers, such as livelihoods opportunities or family reunification.” said Ms. Caroline Dumas, IOM Director General’s Special Envoy for Migration and Climate Action. “Regarding the nexus of climate change, human mobility and conflict, IOM’s position is to understand this nexus through the prism of human security, and not through a securitization lens that limits mobility and threatens the protection of vulnerable individuals.” 

Ms.  Dumas, participates on the second day of the Forum in a panel discussion titled: The Climate-Displacement Nexus and Sustaining Peace in Africa: Advancing Durable Solutions.  

“For years, the compounded effect of conflict and climate change has been forcing many people to flee/migrate. The Horn of Africa is among the regions that has been highly impacted.” said Ms. Aissata Kane, the Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa “Mobility is for some a way of life. For others, it is a coping strategy. For most communities however, mobility is not an option, and they remain trapped in conflict or in areas in which climate change has impacted their capacity to provide for themselves. Involuntary immobility is often overlooked within climate-induced migration. Climate change is creating obstacles that prevent movement.” 

Furthermore, Ms. Aissata Kane, the Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa at IOM will join a panel discussion titled: Advancing Sustainable Peace and Development in the Red Sea. 

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, H.E. Sameh Shoukry presented opening remarks at the forum following which there were several pre-recorded messages from African leaders including H.E President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the chairperson of the African Union, and the president of the African Commission.  

Individual panel discussions covering a range of topics from conflict resolution and peacebuilding to climate adaptation, gender equality and youth development for a peaceful and more resilient African future, presented at the Forum  

Notable speakers including high-level African government officials and diplomats, representatives from international organizations, think tanks, academia and civil society attend the Forum 

The discussions are expected to result in a series of context-specific and action-oriented recommendations to advance a transformative recovery agenda in post-COVID-19, as well as propose a set of suggested actions to promote peaceful and sustainable pathways that ensure the achievement of developmental and climate goals across Africa. 


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