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Whose move? Addressing migration and displacement in the face of climate change

19 – 21 October 2021
9.30am – 6.30pm AEDT
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At this critical moment, join us to explore what matters most for people forced to flee in a warming world.  

The Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference 2021, Whose move? Addressing migration and displacement in the face of climate change, will bring together extraordinary speakers and delegates from around the world from 19 to 21 October. 

This truly global event takes participants to the cutting edge of thinking at an urgent time in policymaking. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming Glasgow talks, people will continue to move away from the impacts of climate change and disasters – often because they have no choice.  Where will they go and how? Will the law be a help or a hindrance? How do we make practical progress?  

The Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference 2021 is about sharing evidence, experience, and solutions. Register now to hear panellists offering rare insight – from negotiations, litigation, research, policymaking and activism – and join the conversation about advancing real change for people at risk.  


Program highlights: 

Today’s truths: What decision-makers need to know about human mobility and climate change
Experts set out the critical questions and  principles that should guide responses to mobility in the face of climate change.

Moving beyond ‘climate refugees’: Readying law, policy and practice for displacement in a warming world
How does law help or hinder people on the move from the impacts of disasters or climate change? 

How far have we come? In conversation with Professor Jane McAdam AO and Dr Maryanne Loughry AM
Two trailblazers in the field reflect on changes in scholarship, law, policy and their own thinking over the past 15 years. 

Does the data on climate and disaster displacement add up?
What do we know, how do we know it, and what more do we need to know to inform policies on climate change and mobility?

Should I stay or should I go? Planned relocations
When whole communities need to relocate, who decides – to move at all, and if so, where? 

Litigating climate change displacement: Cutting-edge cases and decisions 
From Alaska to the Torres Strait, litigation is raising creative arguments about climate change displacement.

To Glasgow and beyond: Building support for people moving away from climate change
How can we promote meaningful action to support those most at risk of displacement in a warming world?


Speaker highlights: 

Walter Kälin, Envoy of the Chair, Platform on Disaster Displacement

Andrew Harper, Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on Climate Action, UNHCR

Nicole Shephardson, Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration, US Department of State

Rabab Fatima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Nisreen Elsaim, Chair, UN Secretary General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Solomon Yeo, Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change

Jane McAdam AO, Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

...and many more.