Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders

International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants

September 17-19, 2019


INFOGRAPHIC: Addressing the Protection Gap

October 22, 2019

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The Long Road to Addressing Displacement and Migration in the Official Climate Negotiations

August 28, 2019

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The Manila Initiative on the Rights of Climate Migrants

November 16, 2019

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Session 4: Intersections & Crossroads

December 10, 2019

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Opening Session

Opening session for Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders: International Solidarity Conference on the Rights of Climate Migrants

Session 1: Setting the Scene

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.

Session 2: Climate-induced migration: causes and consequences

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.

Session 3: Reactions and responses: too little, too late?

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.

Session 4: Intersections and crossroads

Protecting climate migrants is imperative, but the discourse on the intersections of vulnerability with national and international development architecture is largely underdeveloped.

Session 5: Participatory workshops

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

Session 6: Key elements towards protecting the rights of climate migrants

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.

Session 7: Reclaiming hope, reimagining the future: Summary and closing

Process towards adopting the Manila Initiative.


Dr. Elfleda Bautista's photo'

Dr. Elfleda Bautista

Convenor, People’s Surge, Philippines

Prof. David Boyd's photo'

Prof. David Boyd

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment (via video)

Dr. Giovanni Tapang's photo'

Dr. Giovanni Tapang

Dean, College of Science, University of the Philippines/ AGHAM-Advocates of Science and Technology for the People

Ms. Eni Lestari's photo'

Ms. Eni Lestari

International Migrants Alliance, Philippines

Mr. Harjeet Singh's photo'

Mr. Harjeet Singh

Action Aid, India (via video)

Ms. Bianca Hakena's photo'

Ms. Bianca Hakena

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

Ms. Natalie Lowrey's photo'

Ms. Natalie Lowrey

Yes to Life No to Mining Network (YLNM), Australia

Ms. Karmen Ramirez Boscan's photo'

Ms. Karmen Ramirez Boscan

Wayuu Women’s Force – Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, Colombia

Mr. Raju Pandit Chhetri's photo'

Mr. Raju Pandit Chhetri

Prakriti Resource Centre (PRC), Nepal

Ms. Anisley Morejon Ramos's photo'

Ms. Anisley Morejon Ramos

Ministerio de Ciencia Technologia y Medio Ambiente Instituto de Filosofia, Cuba

Ms. Salina Sanou's photo'

Ms. Salina Sanou

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

Ms. Sophie Gebreyes's photo'

Ms. Sophie Gebreyes

Lutheran World Foundation, Ethiopia (via video)

Ms. Glorene Das, Tenaganita's photo'

Ms. Glorene Das, Tenaganita


Ms. Lidy Nacpil's photo'

Ms. Lidy Nacpil

Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development/ Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

Mr. Sonny Africa's photo'

Mr. Sonny Africa

IBON Foundation, Philippines

Dr. Doreen Stabinsky's photo'

Dr. Doreen Stabinsky

College of the Atlantic, USA (via video conference)

Lorenz Gösta Beutin's photo'

Lorenz Gösta Beutin

Member of Parliament, Die Linke, Germany

Atty. Cej Jimenez's photo'

Atty. Cej Jimenez

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Atty. Chito Gascon's photo'

Atty. Chito Gascon

Philippine Human Rights Commission

Atty. Edwin dela Cruz's photo'

Atty. Edwin dela Cruz

National Union of People’s Lawyers, Philippines

Ms. Connie Sorio's photo'

Ms. Connie Sorio

Migrant Justice Coordinator, KAIROS and Settlement Counsellor, The Neighbourhood Organization