The impact of climate change on conflict, displacement and migration are increasingly far-reaching and apparent. It is estimated that as many as 200 million individuals could be environmentally displaced by 2050. Environmental challenges tend to exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities. Those who are forced to leave their homes often also lose their ability to exercise basic political rights. The lack of opportunities for political participation means that the concerns of this vulnerable group are not factored into decision-making, and that their integration into new environments is hindered, sometimes at the risk of conflict with host communities.
This expert discussion on how to safeguard the democratic rights of the environmentally displaced, ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow and the virtual Summit for Democracy organized by the United States took place on September 16. The event was hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems). #democracytalk