Events

Upcoming Events


Towards a Caribbean Migration Conference (CMC)

- 2019-09-11 to 2019-09-12

 

The meeting has the following objectives: establishing the Caribbean Migration Conference as a dialogue on migration management and the protection of refugees in the Caribbean, defining standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the continuity and sustainability of the regional dialogue, through the Caribbean Migration Conference (including membership, leadership and rotation of Chair-in-Office, calendar of meetings and activities for the year, financial sustainability of the CMC and transitioning the Caribbean Migration Consultations to a Caribbean Migration Conference) and defining a regional plan of action with respective thematic areas and indicators.

The vice-ministerial meeting will be organized by the Government of Jamaica with the technical and financial support of the IOM and UNHCR.


Past Events


Regional Consultation Towards a Framework for Regional Cooperation on Human Mobility in the Context of Disasters and the Adverse Effects of Climate Change

- 2019-06-06 to 2019-06-07

 

The Caribbean is comprised of countries and territories, many of which are Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and are vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards: hurricanes, floods, volcanic and seismic activity, droughts and bush fires. Many of these countries and territories have large percentages of their population centers and economic activities in low-lying coastal areas, facing specific risks linked to the adverse effects of climate change. In the Caribbean, like elsewhere, the adverse effects of climate change are projected to affect the frequency and intensity of certain natural hazards and extreme weather events such as hurricanes and heavy rainfalls. 

These events demonstrated that Caribbean countries do not only belong to one of the most hazard-prone regions of the world, but they are also at high risk of displacement and other forms of human mobility because of poor infrastructure, land use, and low adaptive capacity, coupled with geographically exposed populations.

This meeting is organized in the framework of the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC) regional dialogue and aims to inform and support networks of technical specialists on migration and climate change and emergency preparedness and responseThe key topics for the consultation, the discussions will focus on four thematic issues: i) managing disaster displacement risks in the country of origin and the inclusion of human mobility into national and regional DRR policies and adaptation planning processes; ii) migration as adaptation to environmental and climate change; iii) protection challenges in the context of migration flows for displaced persons as well as migrants in countries affected by disasters; and iv) addressing cross-border disaster-displacement: migration law and policies.


Visit by Eduardo Stein, Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

Guyana - 2019-04-29 to 2019-04-30

 

Eduardo Stein, Joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants visited Georgetown, Guyana to meet key government counterparts, become more familiarized with the challenges and learn more about protection of migrants and refugees in the country and region.


CMC consultation towards a framework for regional cooperation on human mobility in the context of disasters and the adverse effects of climate change in the Caribbean

- 2019-05-05 to 2019-05-06

 

Caribbean countries do not only belong to one of the most hazard-prone regions of the world, but they are also at high risk of displacement and other forms of human mobility because of poor infrastructure, land use, and low adaptive capacity, coupled with geographically exposed populations.

This meeting was organized in the framework of the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC) regional dialogue and aims to inform and support networks of technical specialists on migration and climate change and emergency preparedness and response, which include adaptation to environmental and climate change; protection challenges in the context of migration flows for displaced persons as well as migrants in countries affected by disasters; and addressing cross-border disaster-displacement: migration law and policies.

The outcomes were a deeper knowledge and understanding of displacement trends and overall human mobility dynamics in the region in the context of disasters and the adverse effects of climate change and the development of concrete, practical policy and programmatic guidance to enhance the region’s overall preparedness and response capacity to MECC challenges under the CM.


Workshop on human mobility as a response to the degradation of the environment, the risks and the effects of climate change

Caribbean - 2019-05-23 to 2019-05-24

 

The First Workshop on Human Mobility as a Response to the Degradation of the Environment, the Risks and the Impacts of Climate Change was held in Havana, organized by the Environment Agency and the headquarters of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) took place in the Cuban capital.

The methodological foundations of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), related to human mobility as a response to the impacts of climate change and reconciling national priorities and identifying counterparts related to the issue, were presented as an essential objective of the event. Challenges on migration, environment and climate change in Cuba were discussed with national stakeholders and priorities were identified for the development of concept notes on human mobility and environmental degradation in Cuba.


Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Regional Capacity Building Workshop in the Eastern Caribbean

Caribbean - 2019-03-14 to 2019-03-15

 

Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change and to a wide series of natural hazards, including floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. The socio-economic features of Small Island Developing States also compound their vulnerability to environmental degradation and sudden-onset disasters.

In this framework there is an increasing need to address the human mobility consequences of environmental change through tailored, integrated cross-sectoral policies and the establishment of regional networks devoted to this issue. This workshop in Castries, Saint Lucia worked on the apacities of OECS countries developed on the migration, environment and climate change nexus, and also established a dialogue platform to continue discussions with OECS countries and the OECS Commission under IOM’s leadership.