Accelerating integrated action on sustainable development: migration, the environment and climate change

1st session of the IDM 2021

25-27 May 2021, Zoom, 9:00-12:00 EST


Since 2001, IDM has provided a multitude of stakeholders worldwide with a platform for timely debates on a full range of migration issues and their linkages with other policy domains.

This year, the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) will convene its 20th edition on the topic of migration, the environment and climate change. Ten years later after the first IDM session dedicated to the emerging nexus between the migration, environment and climate change IOM is revisiting the topic at a time of increasing political urgency, and in view of the deep impacts of the COVID-19 global health crisis linking climate and migration to current and future development issues.

On the 70th anniversary of IOM and the 20th anniversary of the IDM, IOM is more than ever committed to foster greater cooperation and enhance cross-sectoral partnerships to develop and implement collective actions that concretely address the increasingly complex and interconnected migration challenges of today.


Traditionally held at the United Nations in New York, the first session of the 2021 will be held on-line from 25 to 27 May, 9:00 to 12:00 EST. It will offer delegates in New York, Geneva and other locations worldwide a space to discuss some of the key dimensions of the migration, environment and climate change nexus, linked to the broader implementation of global frameworks, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The session aims to contribute to the political momentum building towards the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), taking place in Glasgow, in November 2021.

The session will highlight good practices, lessons learned and recommendations that can support governments and other stakeholders to develop and implement inclusive policies and programmes to address issues linked to the migration, environment and climate change nexus and maximize opportunities. The results and recommendations of the Dialogue will be published in the IDM Red Book which will be made available to all contributors and participants. These recommendations will also feed into upcoming events and forum, including the UNFCCC COP26 and the International Migration Review Forum.

Relevant Resources:

Panel 1: The Road to COP 26- Accelerating action to address migration and displacement in the context of climate and environmental change

Panel 2: Understanding the linkages between the migration, environment and climate change (MECC) and migration health in the context of COVID-19, and promoting the inclusion of MECC dimensions in COVID-19 recovery efforts

Panel 3: Examining the linkage between Migration, Environment and Climate Change and the Humanitarian, Development, Peace Nexus (HDPN)

Panel 4: Developing multi-stakeholder approaches to leverage opportunities and support the inclusion of migrants and internally displaced people to build a sustainable future

Panel 5: Promoting and supporting local and regional action on migration, environment and climate change

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