On International Migrants Day, states are encouraged to promote awareness about human and fundamental rights of migrants and to advance measures to protect them. In December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly designated 18 December as World Migrants Day to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the "International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families" in 1990.
Climate change is becoming an increasingly important factor with regard to migration and displacement. Although most persons affected by climate change-related mobility remain in their regions of origin, some of them (will) arrive in Europe, including in Austria. However, the legal status of persons arriving in Europe in this context is still inadequately addressed (normative protection gap).
Climate change will have profound impacts on the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. The report "Minority and Indigenous Trends 2019" discusses the challenges of climate change and the topic of climate justice with regard to minorities' and indigenous peoples' rights. The chapter written by Monika Mayrhofer gives a short overview of the discussion on terminology and regulation of mobility in the context of climate change, with a particular reference to minorities and indigenous peoples.
The following authors will be discussing the new issue of Kurswechsel: Monika Mayrhofer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute), Nora Räthzel (University of Umea) and Christoph Streissler (AK Wien)
The discussion will be chaired by Michael Soder (WU Wien) and Florian Wukovitsch (AK Wien)
The event will be in German.
The research project "ClimAccount Human Rights Accountability of the EU and Austria for Climate Policies in Third Countries and their Possible Effects on Migration" has published a policy brief summarising the most important findings of the project and presenting recommendations to policy makers in order to ensure human rights when implementing climate action.
The event series "Mut zur Nachhaltigkeit" which was initiated by the Environment Agency Austria provides space for the exchange between science and practice. Experts discuss current issues and innovative ways and possibilities of a sustainable transformation of our society.