Global Forum on Migration and Development Thematic Event on Culture – Day 2: Climate & Human Mobility
June 28, 2023 9:00 am — 6:00 pm Timezone: Europe/Berlin


French Development Agency (AFD) – Paris, France.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) has focused on the complex and extensive interrelationship between migration and development since its first edition in 2008, including the issue of forced displacement and migration in the context of disasters, climate change, and environmental degradation. In line with these objectives, France, as Chair of the 2022-2023 GFMD, wishes to engage the GFMD community in a dialogue aimed at defining concrete proposals to anticipate, mitigate and prepare for displacement linked to climate change and environmental degradation, improve the management of such displacement and migration phenomena, and support those most vulnerable to the consequences of these hazards.

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The June GFMD event will be held in Paris on 27-28 June in a hybrid format that will be open for interventions from in-person and online participants.

This second day of the event will focus on discussing Climate and Human Mobility over 3 roundtables:

  • Roundtable 1: Understanding climate-induced human mobility: How can data, science, and local knowledge help adopt and implement comprehensive public policies in an effective way? – with Lukmon Akintola, African Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI); Hector Poveda Morales, Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP).
  • Roundtable 2: Local governance in the context of climate-induced human mobility: How to strengthen urban and community resilience and reduce the adverse effects of disasters, climate change, and environmental degradation on displacement and migration? – with Pefi Kingi, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)/Pacific Women’s Indigenous Network (PacificWIN).
  • Roundtable 3: Promoting effective action: How to build multi-actor partnerships in the fields of climate change, human mobility, and sustainable development to foster social cohesion, human rights, and access to resources? – with Marie Lobjoy, Secours Catholique.

The objectives of the event are to engage GFMD stakeholders and experts in a dialogue to identify ways to better address human mobility in the context of climate change; highlight successful climate-resilient initiatives and support initiatives that meet the needs of those most affected by the consequences of climate change, including forcibly displaced populations; and take stock of the state of progress made so far and identify possible ways to accelerate action.

Upon the request by civil society partners and the invitation of four consecutive GFMD government Chairs, a GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office was established under the auspices of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), to coordinate civil society’s activities for the GFMD together with a representative Steering Committee of civil society leaders and networks active in migration and development worldwide.


ICMC provides assistance and protection to vulnerable people on the move and advocates for sustainable solutions for refugees and migrants.