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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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Expert Report on Climate Change and Migration

The report titled “In Search of Shelter: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement” by Dr Koko Warner from UNU-EHS and Dr Charles Ehrhart from CARE International, highlights that climate change is already contributing to migration and displacement and that there will be tens of millions of migrants within the next few years. These findings were presented to the delegates and the international media at the Bonn Climate Change Talks in June 2009.

Download the full report In Search of Shelter .

The new report is published by UNU-EHS, CARE International and Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Bank, Social Dimension of Climate Change Team.

In Search of Shelter is based in part on empirical evidence from a recently completed research project supported by the European Commission: Environmental Change and Forced Migration Scenarios (EACH-FOR, Contract Number 044468, www.each-for.eu ).

In the past, the issue of environmental migration has been put aside by governments and institutions due to its complexity. The report provides information for decision-making. It offers a combination of empirical evidence, based on 23 case studies and interviews with 1,000 migrants and nearly as many non-migrants, with eight original maps and policy recommendations to clarify the subject. Presenting examples of people’s experiences with climate-induced displacement in particularly affected areas, the report is ultimately giving the emerging issue a human face.

Official website of CARE International .