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Symposium on Climate Change, Migration, and Health Ahead of COP27

Written by FDM

Ahead of COP27, which will be held in Egypt in November 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Morocco, in coordination with the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and the Department of Moroccans Living Abroad, organized a symposium on climate change, migration, and health.

The symposium – which took place in Marrakech from 12 to 13 October 2022 and was attended by High Government Representatives, partners, Ambassadors of Member States, representatives of civil society, academics, donors, and civil servants of the United Nations, including the acting United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. François Reybet-Degat – is part of the regional project “Promoting the health and protection of migrants in vulnerable situations in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, and Yemen” funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“This symposium aimed to address the interconnection between climate change and migration and health issues, which have a considerable humanitarian impact on local communities. But also, and above all, on the mobility of vulnerable populations, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region.” Declared Mrs. Laura Palatini, IOM’s Head of Mission in Morocco.

“Climate change has real and devastating, drastic and often deadly health consequences. IOM and its key stakeholders aim by the organization of this symposium to explore opportunities to strengthen future policies and programs on migration, health, and climate change.”

Moreover, IOM Morocco has launched a pilot project, with funding from the IOM Development Fund (IDF,) to support its key partners to integrate migration into environmental policies and those related to climate change.

The symposium concluded with several recommendations aimed at improving coordination, policy, and research on issues related to migration and mobility.