Climate Change
Summit on Climate Displacement in the Global South

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The African Institute for Research in Economic and Social Sciences (AIRESS), in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Madrid (FNF Madrid), have joined forces to organize the Summit on Climate Displacement in the Global South. This event will take place on the campus of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), in the city of Rabat-Morocco, from November 1-3, 2023.

On the eve of the World Refugee Forum to be held in Geneva in December 2023, the summit has established itself as a platform for reflection and exchange on the issue of migration caused by climate disruption, bringing together national and international experts from academia and decision-making circles.

The opening session will be moderated by Khalid Chegraoui, Vice-Dean of Political Science and International Relations at FGSES-UM6P, and Caroline Ford, Director of the Democratic and Inclusive Governance Division at IDRC, Ottawa. This will be followed by a panel discussion led by leading experts and academics on the importance of standardizing and harmonizing the terminology used in climate migration to address the legal and institutional challenges of protecting this category of internationally displaced persons.

The sessions on November 2 and 3 will be marked by a series of lectures and discussions on the challenges of climate migration from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective.

One of the highlights of the summit will be the presentation of a report co-edited by FNF Madrid, IEMed and the Policy Center for the New South, which addresses the complex relationship between climate change and migration in the West African and Maghreb regions. The authors will detail the environmental and socio-economic challenges driving climate migration, while proposing policy recommendations to strengthen the resilience of affected communities.

The closing panel will highlight the importance of international cooperation, legal frameworks and policy action to protect the rights of climate migrants through appropriate governance mechanisms.

The Climate Displacement Summit in the Global South will not only highlight the urgency of the challenges associated with climate migration, but also pave the way for concrete and collaborative action to address them.