On Saturday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a fruitful workshop on “Climate Change, Migration, Gender | Open Discussion with Egypt’s Civil Society, ahead of COP27”.
According to IOM, the partakers discussed the impact of climate change issues and migration on gender, in the presence of many representatives of civil society organizations, and youth initiatives concerned with climate change and gender.
They also affirmed the importance of showcasing successful solutions to collectively address the climate change issue.
The workshop came in light of Cairo’s preparations for the COP27 Climate Summit, which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea Resort in late 2022, IOM noted.
The workshop aims to bring together the UN experts, think tanks, and members of Egypt’s civilian society to discuss the impact of climate change and immigration on the society and the mechanism of combating these global crises as well, said IOM representatives.
About 21.5 million people were forcibly displaced each year by the sudden onset of weather-related hazards between 2008 and 2016, and thousands more from slow-onset hazards linked to climate change impacts, according to the latest reports released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“Tens of millions of people are likely to be displaced over the next two to three decades due in large measure to climate change impacts,” UNHCR estimates.