At UN climate talks in Bonn, migration experts called for climate-related migration to be more prominent in a new UN agreement to curb global warming.
Very few mentions of displacement linked to climate change now exist in a draft deal, set to be agreed by 195 countries at a summit in Paris, experts said.
“Climate change negotiations cannot only focus on targets, on billions. They must focus on people and entitle people to have their voices heard and taken into account,” said Marine Franck, a climate change officer with the UN refugee agency.
Negotiators came up with a new version of the draft agreement, which includes a proposal from developing nations for a “facility” that would coordinate efforts to deal with people forced from their homes as a result of “loss and damage” caused by extreme weather events and longer-term problems such as droughts and rising seas.
Another from a group of developed countries, including the United States, calls on an existing “loss and damage” mechanism to strengthen understanding, coordination and cooperation on displacement and migration – but this would not be included in the binding part of the climate agreement.