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IOM says global, concrete actions needed to avoid worst climate impacts

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May 19, 2023

Abuja, Nigeria -The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for concrete action to prevent, avert and minimise the risks of climate disasters to prevent every country of the world from the worst impact of climate change.

The Humanitarian Post reports that the call from the IOM is coming ahead of the High-Level Meeting of the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework holding in New York from May 18 to May 19.

Mr Ugochi Daniel, IOM’s Deputy Director General for Operations, stated that “Given the scale of the climate emergency facing the world, investing in early warning and disaster risk management systems, and mitigation and adaptation programming for those who will have no choice but to leave is an investment for the future.

“Ambitious and concerted leadership by States is required to protect communities from the worst impacts of climate change through adaptation and resilience building measures.” The IOM in a statement stated that Climate change is reshaping migration patterns around the world with disasters becoming the leading cause of internal displacements.

“Last year, 32.6 million new internal displacements were caused by disasters (IDMC, Global Report on Internal Displacement 2023),” the IOM stated.

The IOM noted that as the frequency, duration and intensity of natural hazards worsens in the context of climate change, the number of climate disasters is expected to rise considerably.

The IOM, stated that the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction predicts that by 2030, 560 disasters will take place annually – more than 1.5 disasters per day.

The report the IOM stated also warns of a 30 per cent increase in droughts and a tripling in the number of extreme temperature events with dire effects on the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. The IOM stated that it is currently implementing over 200 Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation-related projects in some of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies including Sudan, Türkiye, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Mozambique, South Sudan and Nigeria. “To save lives and prevent avoidable losses and damage caused by disasters, IOM is partnering with UNDRR, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Telecommunications Union and the International Federation of the Red Cross to implement the Early Warnings for All initiative launched at COP27 in Egypt last year. “IOM calls on all governments and parties to move from climate risk to climate resilient development in order to address disaster risk in the face of climate change.

“IOM is committed to translating the mobility dimensions of reducing disaster risk into concrete actions to ensure the safety and protection of migrants and displaced persons everywhere. Pathways for safe, orderly and regular migration are a critical part for sustainable solutions,” The UN agency stated. The Humanitarian Post

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