Over the next 50 years profound changes in natural and human environments across the world are foreseen: climate change, global population growth and fast urbanisation. These changes affect migration flows and result in new migratory patterns.
On the occasion of the publication of the report "Migration and Global Environment Change" by the UK Government Office for Science, a jointly organised seminar with the JRC will take place on 8 December 2011 in Brussels.
The seminar will provide an opportunity to present scientific analysis of selected aspects of migration and global environmental change in order to improve understanding within EU policy makers and relevant stakeholders. The discussions will allow participants to consider important measures and solutions needed to address these challenges.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre will present its main activities in this field with the participation of other Commission services which are concerned, as well as the UK Government Office for Science and international organisations.
Registration to this event is now open. If you wish to attend, please contact Ms Cynthia Dennis by 1st December 2011.
PANEL 1: THE STATE OF THE EVIDENCE
Moderator: Rosario Bento Pais, Head of Unit Adaptation, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
Nigel Arnell, Director of the Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading
- Delilah Al Khudhairy, Head of Unit Global Security and Crisis, Management, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, European Commission
- Gora Mboup, Chief of the Global Urban Observatory of UNHABITAT
- Quentin Wodon, Adviser, Human Development Network, World Bank
PANEL 2: MIGRATION IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS: CHALLENGES
Moderator: Md. Shahidul Haque, Director, Department for International Cooperation and Partnerships, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
- Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence
- Helene Bourgade, Head of Unit Employment, Social Inclusion and Migration, Directorate General Development and Cooperation – Europe Aid, European Commission
- Johan Meyer, Refugee Policy Director, Section for Humanitarian Affairs, Department for UN, Peace and Humanitarian Affairs, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- François Gemenne, Research Fellow Climate and Migrations, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
PANEL 3: THE POLICY LANDSCAPE: WHAT CAN BE DONE AT EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS?
Moderator: Matteo Sirtori, Unit Policy and Implementation Frameworks, Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, European Commission
- Vittorio Prodi, Member of the European Parliament
- Philippe Legrain, Principal Adviser, Head of the Analysis Team, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission
- Hannah Smith, Coordinator of the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition
CONCLUSIONS AND THE WAY FORWARD
- Sandy Thomas, Head of Foresight, Government Office for Science, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
- David Wilkinson, Director of Scientific Policy and Stakeholder Relations, Joint Research Centre, European Commission