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Strategy Meeting: Applying a Rights-Based Approach to Funding Climate-Forced Displacement and Relocation

Applying a Rights-Based Approach to Funding Climate-Forced Displacement & Relocation

Sponsored by IHRFG's Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Human Rights Working Group
Organized by the Climate Justice Resilience Fund and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Thursday, March 2, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)

Meeting Agenda:

12:00pm - 12:20pm: Welcome & Introductions
12:20pm - 1:20pm: Framing of the Challenge & Presentations

  • Salote Soqo, Senior Program Leader of Environmental Justice and Climate Action at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), will open with a brief introduction to the key challenges and opportunities for incorporating human rights principles in funding for climate-forced displacement and relocation.
  • Robin Bronen, Executive Director of the Alaska Institute of Justice (AIJ), will provide background on climate-forced displacement and share the experience of Alaska Native communities.
  • Ambassador Aunese Makoi-Simati, Permanent Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations, will share background on relevant international policy and information relevant to the South Pacific context.

1:20pm - 2:00pm: Funder-Only Strategy Discussion

Guiding Questions Include:

  1. Why are human rights central to climate-forced displacement and relocation efforts?
  2. How can funders effectively incorporate a rights-based approach to funding for climate-forced displacement?
  3. What are some practical recommendations for funders interested in integrating human rights principles in their climate and environment-related grantmaking?
  4. How can we share the insights from this meeting more broadly in order to build on this conversation?

Outcomes:

  • A compelling list of reasons why funders should incorporate a rights-based approach to funding for climate-forced displacement and relocation
  • Specific recommendations geared to funders who are interested in but not yet addressing this issue

To register or for more information, please contact Danielle Stouck at dstouck [at] ihrfg [dot] org