Opening session for Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders: International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants
The session aims to highlight the science, economics and politics surrounding the phenomenon of the large scale displacement of communities due to climate change impacts.
Climate change impacts on population movements on a very profound scale. Whether due to slow or rapid onset events, millions are already displaced, usually in the developing world.
Naming displaced peoples as ‘climate refugees’, ‘climate migrants’ and other descriptions is the subject of many ongoing debates due to the social, economic, political and governance implications.
Protecting climate migrants is imperative, but the discourse on the intersections of vulnerability with national and international development architecture is largely underdeveloped.
Self-organized workshops on different related topics organized by the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), IMA, and Kalikasan and Center for Environmental Concerns
Protecting climate migrants is imperative, but the discourse needs to be expanded to comprehensively address displacement, the causes of displacement, along with proposals for just, sustainable, transformative solutions.
Process towards adopting the Manila Initiative.
Dr. Elfleda Bautista
Convenor, People’s Surge, Philippines
Prof. David Boyd
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment (via video)
Dr. Giovanni Tapang
Dean, College of Science, University of the Philippines/ AGHAM-Advocates of Science and Technology for the People
Ms. Eni Lestari
International Migrants Alliance, Philippines
Mr. Harjeet Singh
Action Aid, India (via video)
Ms. Bianca Hakena
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Ms. Natalie Lowrey
Yes to Life No to Mining Network (YLNM), Australia
Ms. Karmen Ramirez Boscan
Wayuu Women’s Force – Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, Colombia
Mr. Raju Pandit Chhetri
Prakriti Resource Centre (PRC), Nepal
Ms. Anisley Morejon Ramos
Ministerio de Ciencia Technologia y Medio Ambiente Instituto de Filosofia, Cuba
Ms. Salina Sanou
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Ms. Sophie Gebreyes
Lutheran World Foundation, Ethiopia (via video)
Ms. Glorene Das, Tenaganita
Ms. Lidy Nacpil
Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development/ Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice
Mr. Sonny Africa
IBON Foundation, Philippines
Dr. Doreen Stabinsky
College of the Atlantic, USA (via video conference)
Lorenz Gösta Beutin
Member of Parliament, Die Linke, Germany
Atty. Cej Jimenez
UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Atty. Chito Gascon
Philippine Human Rights Commission
Atty. Edwin dela Cruz
National Union of People’s Lawyers, Philippines
Ms. Connie Sorio
Migrant Justice Coordinator, KAIROS and Settlement Counsellor, The Neighbourhood Organization