Amy Pope, who was elected as the Director-General of the United Nations (UN) International Organization for Migration (IOM), stated that “we have officially entered the age of climate migration”.
In a written statement, Pope, Director-General of the UN International Organization for Migration, called for concrete actions to address climate change and human mobility challenges ahead of the Africa Climate Summit, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on September 4-6.
Noting that the summit was the “biggest meeting” of the leaders of African countries, ministers, representatives of UN institutions, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and youth in the history of the continent, Pope said the summit was an unprecedented meeting to address the growing impacts of climate change on human mobility in Africa. He said it would be an opportunity.
“As African countries are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, they are experiencing the dire effects of the climate crisis, such as droughts, floods, extreme temperatures and rising sea levels. In 2022, more than 7.5 million people were displaced in Africa due to natural disasters.” used the phrase.
“105 MILLION PEOPLE CAN BE CLIMATE MIGRANT”
“We have officially entered the era of climate migration.” In his evaluation, Pope emphasized that there is an urgent need for solutions that will address the link between climate change and human mobility on a continental scale.
Reminding that the World Bank has reported that up to 105 million people may become internal migrants due to climate change in Africa by 2023, unless effective and sustainable actions are taken, Pope said that IOM can contribute to the sustainable struggle with the effects of climate change on Africa.
In the statement made by IOM in May, it was reported that IOM member countries have chosen Pope as the next director-general at the 6th Special Session of the IOM Council held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Pope will take over the post of Managing Director from Antonio Vitorino for a term of 5 years from 1 October. (AA)
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