Leading international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, interviews DS Director Scott Leckie on his latest thoughts on the uncertain future of small island nations and the widespread impacts of climate change. Click here and listen in from 10.40 minutes to hear Scott talking.
DS Welcomes Participants to the Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced People
Commemorating 10 Years of Action - the 2016 DS Annual Report
DS-Backed Where Will We Go Exhibition Launched at UN's New York Headquarters
Nature: Human adaptation: Manage climate-induced resettlement
DS is delighted to welcome all participants to Geneva for the Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced Persons and Communities! This event is one of the first-ever international gatherings to discuss the details of what it will mean to find new land for everyone, everywhere who is displaced due to the effects and consequences of climate change. We have brought together a diverse and highly experienced group of global experts on these issues and hope to come up with a series of new recommendations on how best to increase the chances for the growing millions of people across the world who are in the process of facing climate displacement. Our report on the meeting will be released in several weeks, so please come back then and have a read. Thanks for coming everyone! And thanks to the HEI for co-hosting this event with us. You can read the Opening Statement by DS Director Scott Leckie here: FINAL Opening Statement by SL to DS Roundtable A Public Event featuring many speakers from the Roundtable on 'Bigger Slums or Better Homes? Solving the Global Climate Displacement Crisis Begins with Land will be held from 18:15-20:00 at the HEI's Auditorium Ivan Pictet…...
Ten Years of Action It is hard to believe that DS has now been active for ten busy and eventful years. This has been quite a ride for our (intentionally) small and flexible organisation, and one involving an wonderful team of dedicated HLP experts from around the world working in a range of displacement hotspots. From developing the Peninsula Principles, to spearheading global efforts to obtain land for climate displaced people, developing IDP return designs in Timor Leste, Somalia, Colombia, Bhutan and many more, carrying on-site investigations in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Panama, Kiribati, Bangladesh and other climate change-affected areas, to conducting HLP rights analysis and restitution design work in Myanmar, advising the UN on HLP issues in Syria, publishing several books, inaugurating the world’s first law school courses on climate displacement, and writing DS reports, producing films, building homes for climate displaced families in Chittagong, and so much more, this first DS decade has been an exhilarating one. Since our founding on 28 December 2006, DS has worked in some 35 countries to assist in finding rights-based solutions to forced displacement in all of its forms. Besides our legal experts, we have had the honour of working with villagers, community…...
Kadir van Lohuizen's extraordinary Where Will We Go Exhibition, backed by DS, UNEP, the Netherlands government and others, opened today at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Exhibition which first appeared in December 2014 at the COP meetings in Lima, Peru has since travelled the globe giving ever larger numbers of people direct access to photographic evidence of the tragic and growing reality of climate displacement throughout the world. If you happen to be in New York in the coming weeks, please try to make a point of visiting the UN to see Kadir's amazing photographs. If you would be interested in hosting future exhibitions of the Where Will We Go presentation, please let us know. Several images of the Exhibition appear below....
The scientific journal Nature calls attention to the growing issue of climate displacement. The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States are referenced as a framework for protecting the rights of climate displaced persons.