Climate change and forced migration: a crisis in the making
February's Forum talk
TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2021 - 4.30-5.30 PM (CET)
Sea level rise, flooding, wildfires, droughts, and other disasters are increasing due to climate change, putting stress on communities and even forcing people to leave their homes. Climate change is already affecting migration patterns around the world and will increasingly continue to do so in the future - The UN projects 200 million climate refugees by 2050. The Forum Talk will address this global challenge together with experts from politics, academia, law and inter-governmental organisations.
Alex Taylor is a European journalist. He has produced and presented TV and radio programmes for 30 years, mainly on French TV and radio (France Télévisions, France Inter), but also for international broadcasters (Euronews, TV5 Monde, ARTE, BBC). He was Programme Director for Radio France Internationale in charge of implementing the current 24 hours news format. Parallel to journalism, he has hosted some 1 500 international conferences on a wide variety of topics, especially environmental issues. He has also written a best seller on his passion, languages, of which he speaks (more or less) 7. He also once worked as a camel trainer in a circus.
You can follow his twitter account @AlexTaylorNews
Associate Expert in the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Switzerland
Dr. Alice Baillat is an Associate Expert in the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is involved in various policy, research, advocacy, capacity-building and operational activities of IOM related to migration, environment and climate change issues. As part of her duties, she also works closely with the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support States and other stakeholders in addressing the challenges of human mobility in the context of disasters, environmental degradation and climate change. Alice Baillat has nearly ten years of research and teaching experience on the geopolitics of climate change and its migratory consequences. She holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. She is an Associate Research Fellow of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), a Paris-based think tank.
You can follow her twitter account @AliceBail
Barrister (Specialist advocate), Twenty Essex Chambers, London, United Kingdom
Monica is a barrister, a specialist in public International law, at the Bar of England & Wales. She is counsel in the Torres Strait Islanders case, the first world case directly addressing climate change, before the United Nations Human Rights Committee. She is also lead counsel in the Cerrejon mine case - seeking closure of one of the largest open pit mines in the world and lead counsel in the Montara Oil Spill case (one of Australia's worst oil disasters). She currently represents cases raising sea-level rise issues, sinking islands, environmental degradation, oil spills, transboundary harm, climate change as a human rights issue, environmental harm of waterways, protection of rivers, biodiversity, phasing-out coal mining and the enforcement of the Paris Agreement before a variety of international courts and tribunals, and other mechanisms such as UN Special Procedures and OECD procedures. Monica has also advised Sovereign States on remedies for climate change before international courts and tribunals in particular before the international Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Because of her ground-breaking work on climate change litigation, she was featured in The Lawyer "Hot 100" last year, as amongst "the most daring, innovative and creative lawyers" in the United Kingdom, and was "Barrister of the Year" Finalist in The Lawyers' Awards 2020. Monica holds an LLM (LSE) and the Diploma from The Hague Academy in International Law. She is a Partner Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge.
You can follow her twitter account @MFeriaTinta
Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Refugee and Migrating Movements Research Unit of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka and the founding Chair of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU). Her works on climate change adaptation and migration, drivers and impact of internal and international labour migration, safe and sustainable cities inclusive to migrants have been published in the journals of Population and Environment, Development policy review, Urban studies and in different volumes of Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Edgar, Routledge, Springer etc. She led the drafting of the National Strategy for Disaster and Climate Induced Internally Displaced Persons in Bangladesh, the national Overseas Employment Policy, 2006 and was a committee member that prepared the first draft of the Overseas Employment and Migration Act of 2013. She is in the Global Editorial Board of Oxford Journal of Migration Studies. Since June, 2019 she has joined the state led Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) as member of the Advisory Committee. She is also one of the members of Board of trustees, Transparency International, Bangladesh Chapter.
M.A. International Law Candidate, St Gallen, Switzerland
Cybèle is currently completing the Master in International Law at the University of St. Gallen with a thesis on legal business obligations in light of climate change and climate induced human rights violations. It is titled "Preventing Climate Change and its Consequences on Human Rights: Does a positive legal corporate obligation exist?“
Previously, she has been working in and around the Council of Europe on several occasions. She was the Swiss Youth Delegate at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in 2018 and she undertook an academic internship at the Swiss Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in 2017.