Climate Induced Migration – Impacts on Our Urban Environments

Climate Induced Migration – Impacts on Our Urban Environments 2016-11-10T14:28:52+00:00

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Chair: Ms Sakina Kamwendo, SAfm, South Africa
Panellist: Minister Naledi Pandor, South Africa, Minister of Science and Technology
Panellist: Ms Sipho Mthathi, Oxfam South Africa, South Africa
Panellist: Prof Marco Zupi, Centre for Studies in International Politics, Italy
Panellist: Ms Susanne Melde, International Organization for Migration, Germany
Panellist: Ms Petra Sigrist, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Panellist: Ms Rashmi Mistry, Oxfam South Africa, South Africa
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Between 2008 and 2013, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimated that more than 1.5 million people were displaced by sudden-onset disasters in Southern Africa. Due to impacts of climate change, the situation is likely to worsen, affecting communities and causing displacements at different scales with dramatic socio-economic implications. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (IPCC 2014) sets a medium to high risk of increase in climate change induced migration and displacements across Southern Africa. In this regard, both South Africa and Europe are vulnerable recipients of these migration fluxes which create challenges of social cohesion and stability.

Both continents operate in a policy vacuum, causing societal vulnerability on both ends. The phenomenon is mostly geared towards the urban environment calling for robust policies with matching scientific and technological solutions to manage the increasing pressure put on urban settings. This implies that new capacities must be enhanced and developed in urban planning, housing, waste management, energy as well as water supply and sanitation, also taking the psycho-social context into account.

During the session, experts from both continents will present their recommendations for a future Research Chair in Human Settlements. We invite the audience to give their input on these suggestions.

References:
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) data as of 09/10/2014.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Isabelle Niang and Oliver C. Ruppel, CLA, “WG2 AR5 – Africa” (2014)
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kamwendoMs Sakina Kamwendo
SAfm, South Africa
Chair

Sakina Kamwendo is an award winning radio presenter. She is the of SAfm’s flagship show AMLive which is on air from 6 to 9am every weekday. Before SAfm, Sakina was host of METRO FM’s Talk with Sakina which was voted the Best News & Actuality Show at the MTN Radio Awards 2013 and 2014. Sakina’s radio journey started at Radio Eldos, a community station in Eldorado Park. Her big break came when Talk Radio 702 allowed her to screen calls for the overnight show but soon progressed to producing weekend and then early breakfast shows while still holding down a fulltime job at the Maths Centre. When she was offered the position as Traffic Reporter on the David O’Sullivan Show, she decided to quit Maths Centre to concentrate on broadcasting full time. In addition to traffic, Sakina also hosted a graveyard slot at 702 and management showed confidence in her ability by asking her to “stand in” on other shows and produce the John Robbie Show. Whilst she loved working at 702, Sakina had greater on-air aspirations. With this in mind, Sakina moved to the SABC/ SAfm, where she now hosts “AM Live” as well as the SABC’s #ForumAt8. The session will be broadcasted live on her radio show.
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zupiProf Marco Zupi
Centre for Studies in International Politics, Italy
Panellist

Professor Marco Zupi is the Scientific Director at the Centre for Studies in International Politics (CeSPI) and Research Professor of International Political Economy and Development Studies at the Bac Ha International University of Hanoi, Vietnam. He is the chair of the impact evaluation working group and the Finance for Development working group at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), the leading professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. He is an expert on decision-making processes regarding international migrations, the SDGs and sustainability issues, combining scientific, engineering and social sciences.  He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economics and Complexity as well as author and editor of 38 books, 191 reports/papers and 72 articles on development economics and development cooperation policies. Professor Zupi served as member and team leader of many in-field missions and programme evaluations in Africa, Latin America and Asia, sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the EC, UN agencies and the World Bank. He holds a BA/MA degree in Economics and Political Science, an MPhil degree in International Economics, a Graduate Diploma and MA in Data Analysis & Applied Econometrics and a PhD in International and Development Political Economy.
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meldeMs Susanne Melde
International Organization for Migration, Germany
Panellist

Susanne Melde is the Research and Policy Officer, Migration and the Environment at the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Melde has 9 years of experience in working on migration policy and research at IOM. From 2010 to 2013 she was in charge of the research unit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Observatory on Migration in Brussels, Belgium. Since January 2014, she is managing the “Migration Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)” Project, a research project on migration as an adaptation strategy to environmental and climate change in six pilot countries.
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sigristMs Petra Sigrist
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Panellist

Petra Sigrist works as diplomatic advisor at the Human Security Division of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, focusing on issues related to forced displacement (incl. internal displacement, disaster-displacement, refugees). Before the current assignment, she was posted at the Swiss mission to the UN in New York. Prior to entering the FDFA, she worked in the NGO sector in Switzerland and abroad, among others for the Swiss Red Cross in Bolivia, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center in Geneva and Green Cross Switzerland in Northern Iraq, the Chernobyl area and South-East Asia, focusing on nuclear and chemical contamination and people’s wellbeing in the contaminated areas. Petra Sigrist holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as a post-graduate degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the University of Basel, Switzerland. She is a Swiss national and her native tongue is German while she is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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mistryMs Rashmi Mistry
Oxfam South Africa, South Africa
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Rashmi Mistry is global head of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which campaigns for food justice in a resource constrained world. She was previously the manager for the GROW campaign and climate change lead for Oxfam in South Africa for nearly 4 years. Rashmi has been in the NGO sector for over 10 years working issues covering aid, trade, extractives and climate change.
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