Report on internal displacement in the context of the slow-onset adverse effects of climate change
Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons
To the GA at its 75th session, October 2020
In the present thematic report, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons examines internal displacement in the context of the slow-onset adverse effects of climate change. The report analyses the impacts of this type of displacement on the enjoyment of human rights by internally displaced persons, including specific groups. The Special Rapporteur looks at the human rights obligations, responsibilities and roles of States, the international community, businesses and national human rights institutions in addressing internal displacement in the context of the slow-onset adverse effects of climate change and makes recommendations to these actors.
In preparation for this report, the Special Rapporteur benefited from enriching consultations with many States and partners, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Platform on Disaster Displacement, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, as well as from virtual consultations convened by the International Organization for Migration with the Asia-Pacific Disaster Displacement Working Group and by the Global Protection Cluster with protection clusters across the globe. The Special Rapporteur expresses her gratitude for the valuable information received from stakeholders.
The Special Rapporteur also issued a written call for inputs to States and other stakeholders and is grateful to all those who responded.
Download the call for inputs:
NGOs and Civil Society Organizations
International and regional organizations
Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Virtual side event to the General Assembly
Internal Displacement in the Context of Climate Change: Advancing a Human Rights-based Approach to Prevention, Response and Solutions
14 October 2020