Climate change is becoming an increasingly important factor with regard to migration and displacement. Although most persons affected by climate change-related mobility remain in their regions of origin, some of them (will) arrive in Europe, including in Austria. However, the legal status of persons arriving in Europe in this context is still inadequately addressed (normative protection gap).
Climate change will have profound impacts on the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. The report "Minority and Indigenous Trends 2019" discusses the challenges of climate change and the topic of climate justice with regard to minorities' and indigenous peoples' rights. The chapter written by Monika Mayrhofer gives a short overview of the discussion on terminology and regulation of mobility in the context of climate change, with a particular reference to minorities and indigenous peoples.
The following authors will be discussing the new issue of Kurswechsel: Monika Mayrhofer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute), Nora Räthzel (University of Umea) and Christoph Streissler (AK Wien)
The discussion will be chaired by Michael Soder (WU Wien) and Florian Wukovitsch (AK Wien)
The event will be in German.
The research project "ClimAccount Human Rights Accountability of the EU and Austria for Climate Policies in Third Countries and their Possible Effects on Migration" has published a policy brief summarising the most important findings of the project and presenting recommendations to policy makers in order to ensure human rights when implementing climate action.
The event series "Mut zur Nachhaltigkeit" which was initiated by the Environment Agency Austria provides space for the exchange between science and practice. Experts discuss current issues and innovative ways and possibilities of a sustainable transformation of our society.
Panel Discussion with:
Manfred Nowak, Ludwig Boltzmann Inst. f. Menschenrechte | Helga Kromp-Kolb, Institut für Meteorologie, BOKU | Walter Feichtinger, Landesverteidigungsakademie Wien | Werner Fasslabend, Präsident PolAk und AIES
GRAPES OF WRATH tells the story of the Joads, a family of farmers from Oklahoma, who lose their farm during the Great Depression and a severe drought in the 1930s. With little work potential on the horizon of the Oklahoma dust bowls, the entire family packs up and heads for the promised land - California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions they encounter offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face. The movie is based on a novel by John Steinbeck.
The event will take place in English!
The conference on "Human Rights, Environmental Change, Migration and Displacement" is organised by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Paris.
It takes place in the context of the ClimMig project, a research project funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. For details regarding the conference programme and the project visit: www.humanrights.at/climmig.
Registration is possible until 14 September.
The aim of the symposium is to present current findings on the nexus of migration and environmental change.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided
Organiser: Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge