The IOM (UN International Organization on Migration) held a technical meeting, July 27 to 29, 2016, in Casablanca, Morocco, that brought together

  • members of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change),
  • national and regional experts,
  • representatives from international and United Nations organizations; as well as
  • experts from the academic community.

Elizabeth Brabec attended the meeting as the reprentative of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), and as an academic studying displacement and forced migration and its impact on heritage.

Members of the Executive Committee, organizational representatives and experts (IOM 2016)

The meeting addressed Action Area 6 of its initial two-year workplan 

‘Enhance the understanding of and expertise on how the impacts of climate change are affecting patterns of migration, displacement and human mobility; and the application of such understanding and expertise.’

The Technical Meeting was organized around the three pillars of work directly related to the overall mandate of the Excom:

Pillar 1: Enhancing knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including slow onset impacts.

Pillar 2: Strengthening dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders.

Pillar 3: Enhancing action and support, including finance, technology and capacity-building, to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, so as to enable countries to undertake actions pursuant to decision 3/CP.18, paragraph 6.