Government of Bangladesh, IOM and CVF Call for Collective Actions to Minimize Climate Change-Related Migration and Displacement

Dhaka & Sharm El-Sheikh – Recognizing that climate change is a risk multiplier for displacement and migration, and that millions of people throughout the world will be impacted by climate-induced displacement unless immediate action is taken, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) jointly called for more action around climate induced migration and displacement.

Participants reflected on the need for immediate climate action today (14/11) at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) side-event focusing on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Building a Positive Narrative on Migration and Climate Action, held at the CFV Pavilion, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The event was jointly organized by GoB, IOM and CVF.

The event brought together high-level representatives from State Party delegations, development partners, international organizations, academia, and Civil Societies to explore issues of human mobility in the context of global climate change negotiations.


COP27 represents an opportunity for States to proactively address the impact of climate change on human mobility. During the plenary, GoB, IOM and CVF representatives all recognized that human mobility challenges have serious implications on the rights and entitlements of individuals and communities.

According to the World Bank, 216 million people could become internal climate migrants by 2050. Of these, 40 million will be in South Asia.

With a population of 165 million and high susceptibility to flooding, storm surges, riverbank erosion and salination, Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the adverse effects of climate change. Bangladesh is also at the forefront of climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction and management efforts, as well as consensus building through different regional and global fora and platforms.

Speaking at the event Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Foreign Minister, noted that climate change drives migration and displacement. “The global community must recall that the Paris Agreement acknowledged that climate change is a threat to millions of people, and vulnerable countries must be taken into account,” he said.

While strong global action is needed to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting future temperature increases to less than 1.5°C by the end of this century, there is also an urgent need for countries to integrate climate migration into national development plans and national policies. 

Ugochi Daniels, IOM’s Deputy Director General for Operations, stressed that “we see a growing link between human mobility and climate change. International cooperation and collective action are preconditions to managing the mobility and ensuring that migration remains a choice and not a necessity.”


Participants noted that concerted action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, together with inclusive development policies and embedding of climate migration in policy and planning, will help address some challenges around climate migration. Policy decisions made today will shape the extent the effects of climate change impact the lives of migrants and their families.

H.E. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Special Envoy of Ghana, Presidency of CVF; Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, M.P., Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; Ms. Caroline Dumas- IOM’s Special Envoy for Migration and Climate Action and Mr. Atle Solberg, Head of Secretariat, Platform on Disaster Displacement participated in the event.  Video messages were provided by H.E. Ms. Susan Ople, Secretary, Department of Migrant Workers, Government of the Republic of Philippines and Ms. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and   Founding Leadership Board Member, Mayors Migration Council


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