Environment

Position by Human Rights Committee Opens Possibility for Dignified Migration in the Context of Climate Change

The views expressed by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its recent position related to climate change and migration do not fundamentally change the status quo for those vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; however, they do flag the urgency of developing a concerted response from the international community to provide migration options to people most severely affected by climate change impacts.

World Water Day – IOM Supports Access to Safe Drinking Water

Clean water can save lives in emergencies, and is essential for sustaining recovery after crises. Access to safe drinking water is a human right and is the primary driver of the International Organization for Migration’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions. 

Perspectives on Environmental Migration — 10 Key Takeaways from the Global Compact for Migration 

Geneva – Following the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016, United Nations Member States, for the first time in their history, committed to develop, negotiate and adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

IOM Celebrates Earth Day

On April 22, IOM joined millions around the world to celebrate Earth Day and bring attention to the importance of environmental protection.

Climate Migration: From the Paris Agreement to the Global Compact for Migration

When Hurricane Maria hit Dominica this year, Tosca Augustine and her three children sought shelter in a nearby school as they saw their home vanish into thin air along with all their belongings.

Across Land and Ocean

An interview with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Ocean & Climate Platform (OCP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Human migration, environment and climate change

Environmental migration is a fact. Most countries experience some form of migration associated with environmental and climate change, or forced immobility for those populations that end up trapped.

Seeds of Hope After the Drought

Every now and then, Mother Nature reminds us of her palpable force—the recent El Niño was one of those reminders.

Natural Disasters and Climate Change Intensify Urban Migration in Mongolia

Mongolia – Nyamdulam and her family had been herders in Zavkhan Province, in remote north-west Mongolia for Nyamdulam’s whole life.

Beyond the End of the Road

After months of anguish caused by an El Niño drought, large parts of  the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea then experienced torrential rain, exacerbating existing levels of vulnerability.

The Last of the Children of the Tide

Many moons ago, in a faraway world, there lived a creature named Bonono, a giant eel larger than a coconut tree that would roam the ocean, hunting sharks and swallowing fishermen who had the misfortune to cross his path.

IOM Urges Leaders to Boost Action on Climate Migration after Paris Agreement Signing

As the Director General of the only agency with a global footprint that works on migration, I chaired a High Level Panel on Human Mobility in a Changing Climate during last year’s COP 21 in Paris.