Leaders urged to address migration causes
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – ENVIRONMENTAL degradation and climate change are already moving millions of people from their homes every year with the trend projected to intensify without a collective response from the international community.
This is the prevailing sentiment at the ongoing United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Leaders have thus been urged to integrate environmental and migration policies to minimize forced migration and build up the resilience of affected communities.
“We need to address the root causes of displacement due to environmental factors, and to minimize the negative impacts on affected communities and the environment, through increased collaboration between environmental and humanitarian policy makers,” International Office of Migration Director General, William Lacy Swing, said.
He said migration was inevitable, necessary and desirable, if well-governed.
“It is therefore imperative that we respond in a coherent and comprehensive way to meet the challenges posed by current crises in order to make human mobility a positive, informed and safe option for resilience and adaptation that benefits all,” Swing added.
Stakeholders have gathered in the Kenyan capital city under the auspices of the UNEA-2.
UNEA is a result of the call made by world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June 2012, to strengthen and upgrade the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda.
– CAJ News
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