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112 | Giving Migrants a Voice

Mariam Traore Chazalnoel is the Associate Expert in the Migration, Environment and Climate Change program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). There, she coordinates IOM’s global inputs into wider UN processes, like the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 20).

112 | Giving Migrants a Voice

Mariam’s work involves writing, training, promotion and other activities all with the aim to make sure that issues of migration are represented as the world discusses the impacts and responses to climate change. As strange as it may seem, these two discussions are often quite separate at an institutional level. The international apparatus that exists to address migration was formed to address very different forms of migration – migrations instigated by war, political persecution and similar factors.

What the world faces now is larger and larger migrations prompted by changing climates. Arguably, no discussion of climate change would be complete without addressing climate-induced migration. However, that is not always how it plays out. That is where Mariam’s work is so critical.

In this capacity, she has coordinated IOM’s global inputs to the UNFCCC process for COP20 and COP21 and led trainings, side events, press conferences and exhibitions related to migration in a changing climate.

Mariam is the editor of the IOM Outlook on Migration, Environment and Climate Change (2014) and author of “Law Review: Environmental Migration – Human Rights and Legal Issues”, Insights on Law and Society, American Bar Association, Chicago, (2014) and “Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration”, Routledge, London, (2015).

We were lucky enough to be joined by Ms. Chazalnoel on Social Design Insights, where she talked with us about migration, and its future in a climate-changed world.


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