Task Force on Displacement

Climate change can threaten the resilience and safety of people, sometimes causing them to become displaced from their homes and communities.

Recognizing the need to help countries avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change, UN climate policy has responded.

Stakeholder Meeting on “Recommendations for integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change” (14-15 May 2018, in Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland) >>>


Desired impacts


Undertaken by

I. Policy/Practice – National/Subnational

• Policies and institutional framework to avert, minimize and address displacement enhanced.

• Capacities of national and local governments to address climate-related drivers and impacts of displacement enhanced.

Activity I.1: Mapping of existing relevant policies and institutional frameworks that deal with the climate and displacement interaction at the national level, including identification of key actors in the policy formulation, to the extent feasible and on the base of accessible public documents.


IOM (lead) + UNDP + Advisory Group CSOs + UNHCR

Activity I.2: Synthesizing the state of knowledge to better understand displacement related to slow onset events.


Advisory Group CSOs (lead) + IOM + UNDP +UNHCR

II. Policy – International/Regional

• Adverse impacts of climate change on displacement are recognized and integrated approaches to avert, minimize and address displacement are promoted in relevant policies at all levels, including international, regional, national and sub-national levels.

• Displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change is considered in the workplans of relevant bodies and processes under the UNFCCC (AC, LEG, SCF, PCCB, CTCN, TEC, NWP).

Activity II.1: Mapping workplans of bodies/work programmes under the UNFCCC on displacement.


Excom TFD members

Activity II.2: Mapping of how climate and displacement is included in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), national communications, and in other relevant policy agendas (such as Sendai Framework, SDGs, World Humanitarian Summit, Global Forum on Migration and Development, Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees, etc.).


IOM (lead) + ILO + UNDP

Activity II.3: Mapping of institutional frameworks and mandates within the United Nation system to avert, minimize and address displacement and outline options for facilitating coordination of key processes. 


PDD (lead) + ILO

Activity II.4: Mapping of existing international/regional guidance/tools on averting, minimizing and addressing displacement and durable solutions.


UNHCR (lead) + IOM + Advisory Group CSOs + PDD

III. Data and assessment

• Systematic data collection and monitoring of displacement and its impacts at local, national, regional and international level to inform comprehensive needs and risk assessments for the formulation of policy and plans, is strengthened.

• The capacity to undertake systematic data collection is strengthened.

Activity III.1: Providing an overview of data sources, common methodologies and good practice for displacement-related data collection and assessment, as relevant to different contexts and region.


Advisory Group CSOs (lead) + IOM

Activity III.2: Providing global baseline of climate-related disaster displacement risk, and package by region.


Advisory Group CSOs (lead) + IDMC

Activity III.3: Analyzing available data on disaster-related displacement and its impacts in different regions and groups of countries in specific circumstances (e.g. LDCs) related to sudden and slow onset events.


Advisory Group CSOs (lead) + IOM

IV. Framing and linkages

• Stimulate and awaken commitment, cooperation and action to avert, minimize and address displacement in the context of climate change.


• Framing is actionable, constructive and leads to transformation.

• Provide tools so we plan for today and for the future we want.

Activity IV.1: Preparing summaries of results/outputs of activities:

Activity I.1

Activity I.2

Activity II.1

Activity II.2

Activity II.3

Activity II.4

Activity III.1-3


By implementer(s) of each activity

Activity IV.2: Convening, as appropriate, a meeting on all areas of work of the Task Force on Displacement which includes: 1) wider consultations with stakeholders, and 2) internal Task Force meeting.


IOM (co-lead), PDD (co-lead) + UNHCR

Activity IV.3: Organizing the second meeting of the Task Force on Displacement to finalize the set of recommendations to be forwarded to the Executive Committee.





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