Climate Change and Displacement in Asia: Emerging Trends, Available Evidence, and Building Resilience
01:00 pm > 02:00 pm UTC+07:00
Climate change is dramatically reshaping the regional risk landscape in Asia and the Pacific.
Numerous countries are dealing with overlapping climate and conflict crises, highlighted by historic flooding across Pakistan in September. Already one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world, those floods led to more than 1500 lives being lost, 7.9 million people reportedly displaced, and more than 2 million houses damaged. Similar trends are being witnessed throughout the region, which sees the majority of the world’s disaster displacement each year. This trend is projected to continue, with Asia- Pacific forecast to be the most impacted region relative to global averages by heavy precipitation, drought, heatwaves, and warning winds.
Climate action is the focus of a multi-stakeholder pledge at the Global Refugee Forum in 2023, and is inextricably linked to the first objective of the Global Compact on Refugees, which acknowledges the need for responsibility sharing to address the reality of increasing displacement driven by disasters, environmental degradation and climate change. In that context, this virtual discussion between policymakers, practitioners, researchers and affected communities will be an opportunity to discuss inclusive laws and policies, share good practices and emerging lessons, and underline the need for scaled-up financing and collaboration at the national, regional and global levels.