December 9th, 2019
Published on December 1st, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti0
UN Migration Director General Attends UN Climate Change Conference
UN Migration Director General William Lacy Swing yesterday (15/11) participated in the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, alongside Heads of State and other dignitaries.
Speaking at the event UN Coherence: Low-Emission and Climate Resilient Development at National Level, organized by the COP Presidency, DG Swing said, “Contemporary migration policy and practice can no longer be shaped as ten or even five years ago – this is because we cannot afford to ignore the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on migration.”
He added, “I do believe that the global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration, that will be negotiated next year in New York, is our historical opportunity to ensure that climate change drivers of migration are considered in the global governance of migration.”
In Bonn, DG Swing also met with Environment Ministers from Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Chad to discuss migrant reintegration and land rehabilitation. The meeting was convened by Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and co-chaired by Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment of Burkina Faso.
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