Following an October 7 panel discussion on climate change adaptation and its impact on displacement, migration and planned relocation, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement organized a roundtable for researchers and practitioners working on issues of climate change and human mobility.
This roundtable, which was a follow-up to the roundtable on climate change and displacement held at Brookings on March 15, allowed participants to discuss some of the issues raised during the panel discussion in greater detail, discuss possible developments related to the UN’s upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP 17) and the Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and update each other on current and planned research and activities in the field.
Moderated by Elizabeth Ferris, the roundtable was wide-ranging, and included a combination of reporting on research initiatives underway and suggestions on how to strengthen cooperation related to climate change and human mobility.
On October 7, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement hosted an informal roundtable on climate change and displacement. Representatives from research groups, government agencies and NGOs discussed possible developments related to the UN’s upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP 17) and the Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and updated each other on current and planned research activities in the field.
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[On the Global Climate Action Summit] I think that this summit’s been very useful. It’s a demonstration of activism, it’s a demonstration of will, it’s a demonstration of engagement by all sorts of sub-national players, and I think that’s all been tremendously useful. But, it doesn’t fill the gap of the absence of the United States at a national level. The US federal government can drive action all around the entire country, not just state-by-state.