Program at a glance

Today’s truths: What decision-makers need to know about human mobility and climate change

19 October 2021, 9:30-10:30am AEDT

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Experts set out the key questions and principles that should guide responses to mobility in the face of climate change.


Rabab Fatima

Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Andrew Harper

Special Advisor on Climate Action to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Frances Namoumou

Pacific Conference of Churches

Nicole Shepardson

US Department of State


Chair: Jane McAdam

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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How far have we come? In conversation with Jane McAdam and Maryanne Loughry


19 October 2021, 10.35-11.30am AEDT


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Join two trailblazers in climate-related displacement research for a conversation about the problems and progress they've encountered in more than a decade in the field.


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Moving beyond ‘climate refugees’: Readying law, policy and practice for displacement in a warming world

19 October 2021, 5.30-6.30pm AEDT

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How does law help or hinder people on the move from the impacts of disasters or climate change?


Bruce Burson

New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Lucy Daxbacher

Head of Mission to Uganda, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Walter Kälin

Envoy of the Chair, Platform on Disaster Displacement

Caroline Zickgraf

Deputy Director, The Hugo Observatory


Chair: Tamara Wood

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Litigating climate change displacement: Cutting-edge cases and decisions

20 October 2021, 9.30-10.30am AEDT

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From Alaska to the Torres Strait, litigation is raising creative arguments about climate change displacement.


Robin Bronen

Alaska Institute for Justice

Ama Francis

International Refugee Assistance Project

Adam McBeth

Victorian Bar

Solomon Yeo

Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change


Chair: llona Millar

Baker McKenzie



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Making a difference: Emerging scholars in climate change, migration and displacement


20 October 2021, 10.35-11.30am


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Join the next generation of scholars – working with urgency in a too-rapidly warming world – for a frank discussion about researching climate change and mobility and how to connect research to policy and advocacy work.


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Does the data on climate and disaster displacement add up?

20 October 2021, 5.30-6.30pm AEDT

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What do we know, how do we know it, and what more do we need to know to inform policies on climate change and mobility?


Vicente Anzellini

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Tautala Mauala

Samoan Red Cross

Andrea Milan

International Organization for Migration

Kira Vinke

Center for Climate and Foreign Policy


Chair: Sanjula Weerasinghe

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law



Should I stay or should I go? Planned relocations

21 October 2021, 9.30-10.30am AEDT

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When whole communities need to relocate, who decides – to move at all, and if so, where?


Erica Bower

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Faculty of Law, Monash University

Salote Soqo

Climate Justice & Crisis Response, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Merewalesi Yee

University of Queensland

Chair: Elizabeth Ferris

Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

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Ecological threats towards 2050:
Understanding ecological threats, resilience and peace


21 October 2021, 12.30-1.30pm

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In this side event co-hosted by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the Australian Intercultural Society, explore the findings from the IEP's newly released Ecological Threat Register, and how we can create more resilient societies better able to adapt to extreme ecological shocks, now and into the future.


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To Glasgow and beyond: Building support for people moving away from climate change

21 October 2021, 5.30-6.30pm AEDT

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How can we build support for people at risk of climate and disaster displacement, at COP26 and beyond?


Nisreen Elsaim

UN Secretary General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Alex Randall

Climate and Migration Coalition

Koko Warner

UN Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Martijn Wilder

Pollination Group

Chair: Linh Do

Head of Campaign Networks, Climate Catalyst