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1:00 pm - 5:45 pm

GEF is excited to participate in the first session of the online joint Ariadne Network-UNHCR event on climate change and forced migration.


The Ariadne Network-UNHCR event aims to raise awareness among philanthropic foundations and seek increasingly innovative and holistic solutions to address the rising challenge of protecting refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons of concern in the era of climate change.

The key issues to be discussed are:

  1. How does climate change, often combined with conflict, drive people from their homes?
  2. How can foundations support relevant and innovative programmes to deal with the aftermaths of these events? What about anticipatory action, prevention, adaptation and mitigation? How can they help build resilience in the long-term so people can stay and/or return?
  3. Linking these debates with the broader European and international policy agendas, the event will also look at how foundations can also support civil society advocacy on this topic to improve both policies and practices.
  4. GEF participation in first session: Climate Change and forced migration: what do European foundations need to know? (14h-15:30h)

Carlotta Weber, GEF’s Strategy Manager, and Caroline Zickgraf, the Deputy Head of Liege University’s Hugo Observatory on Environment, Migration and Politics, will contextualise the EU-level discussions and considerations regarding climate-related forced migration, while presenting some of GEF’s work in this field as well as exploring recent academic developments in the field of mobility and immobility.

The other presenters include:

  • Andrew Harper, Special Advisor on Climate Action, UNHCR
  • Alex Randall, Programme Manager, Climate Migration Coalition


The discussion will be moderated by Saskia Baar, PSP Officer, UNHCR, with questions to be taken from the audience.

This is a closed event, not open to the public.

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