Workshop 6: Climate change and disaster displacements

Location: Uni Dufour 408


  • How do contemporary national, regional and international policies address forced migration and its root causes in the context of natural disasters?
  • What do we know about the root causes and the conditions under which people show resilience towards environmental change, and which are the conditions that force them to leave?
  • How are new protection norms developed and institutionalized?
  • What is the relationship between the policies developed to address disaster displacement and climate change with "traditional" migration and refugee policies?


Speakers (please click on the speaker to read the bio):

- Walter Kälin, University of Bern and former envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative
- François Gemenne, SiencePo Paris
- Susan Martin, Georgetown University
- Elisa Fornalé, World Trade Institute, Bern
- Martin Beniston, University of Geneva
- Dina Ionesco, IOM
- Michelle Leighton, ILO
- Atle Solberg, Platform on Disaster Displacement
- Koko Warner, UNFCCC's Manager on the Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks subprogram and envisaged Task Force on human mobility (and formerly United Nations University)
- Michelle Yonetani, IDMC

Moderator: Martin Beniston, University of Geneva