Climate Migration, Human Rights and Quality Public Services

17 Dec 2021 Geneva, Switzerland 17 Dec - 17 Dec

Climate Migration, Human Rights and Quality Public Services

  • 17 Dec - 17 Dec
  • Geneva, Switzerland

13:00 - 14:30 CET

As the world continues to battle the covid pandemic, the climate crisis also continues to deepen, with its most profound impacts witnessed in disasters caused by extreme weather occurrences such as, forest fires, floods and typhoons or by slow-onset events such as, droughts and desertification. Every year, millions of people are being displaced, uprooted and are forced to migrate as a result of climate-related disasters. Environmental degradation from climate change also leads to conflicts and violence as people fight over access to dwindling resources, with a disproportionate impact on women and children. Understanding climate migration and its complex interlinkages with social, political and economic factors, including in the context of the covid pandemic and other health crises, is crucial in building an analysis that is people-centered, gender-responsive and rooted on sustainable development.

Join us on Friday 17 December, 1-2.30pm CET.

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Languages: English and Arabic.

At the core of PSI’s response to the challenges posed by forced displacement and climate migration are our key demands: We want human rights, climate justice and quality public services NOW!

This webinar is being organised to raise awareness among affiliates on the issue of climate migration and to share experiences and perspectives towards building trade union advocacy and action.

 At the webinar, we will aim to address the following questions:

  • What do we know about climate migration?

  • Is migration a way to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis?

  • Why are human rights and quality public services crucial in building resilience

  • and adaptation to climate change?

  • What is the role of public service workers and our unions?


Opening Remarks

  • Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary

Overview Presentation

  • Vicente Paolo Yu, Senior Legal Adviser, Third World Network

  • Indrajit Bose, Senior Researcher, Climate Change, Third World Network (TWN)

Discussion Starters

  • Mozibor Rahman, PBBSKU (Electricity Distribution Union), Bangladesh

  • Tamer Rousan, Syndicate of Workers in the Statistics Department, Jordan

  • Bala Sule, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Nigeria

  • Eric Duncan, American Federation of Teachers, USA

  • Steve Joseph, Dominica Public Service Union, Dominica

Open Discussion

Recap and Closing

  • Sandra Van Niekerk, PSI Climate Project Coordinator

  • Moderator: Genevieve Gencianos, PSI Migration Programme Officer

Join us on Friday 17 December, 1-2.30pm CET.

register here