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UN High Commissioner Identifies Climate Change as Contributing to Crisis in Mali [viewed]

10 December 2012: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, citing climate change as one of the factors precipitating the situation.

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Report on Internally Displaced Persons Highlights Influence of Climate Change, Other Megatrends [viewed]

24 October 2012: Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, presented his report titled “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons” to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US. Beyani underscores that internal displacement remains a significant human rights challenge.

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Global Alliance Highlights Climate Change Mitigation Benefits of Clean Cookstoves [viewed]

October 2012: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has prepared a factsheet that identifies a positive correlation between the use of clean cookstoves and climate change mitigation, highlighting that, if well designed, clean cookstoves can reduce emissions associated with cooking with biomass.

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UNHCR Meeting Features Launch of Nansen Initiative to Protect People Displaced by Natural Disasters [viewed]

2 October: At the opening of the 63rd Session of its Executive Committee, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres highlighted the launch of the Nansen Initiative to protect people displaced by natural disasters, including those caused by climate change, and warned that the organization currently faces unmatched levels of humanitarian crises.

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NGOs Urge Stronger Measures for Protection of Climate Refugees [viewed]

5 July 2012: Participants in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Annual Consultations with NGOs have recommended developing stronger national and international frameworks to recognize and assist people displaced by climate change. According to the NGO representatives, in many situations, protection currently is based only on the goodwill of the countries concerned.

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UNHCR, UNU Highlight Climate Change's Contribution to Human Displacement [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN University (UNU) released a report titled “Climate Change, Vulnerability and Human Mobility: Perspectives of Refugees from the East and Horn of Africa” on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The report illustrates the role of climate change in increasing human vulnerability and driving people from their homes and across borders, potentially into areas of conflict.

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SOWR 2012 Addresses Gap for People Displaced by Climate Change [viewed]

31 May 2012: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched its flagship publication, "The State of the World's Refugees," which provides a global update on the status of refugees since 2006. The report examines the international response to displacement resulting from climate change and natural disasters, highlighting a normative gap in the protection of people displaced across borders owing to these phenomena, which will need to be address by the international community.

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UNHCR Helps Equip Refugee Camps with Fuel Efficient Stoves [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UN Human Rights Commission's (UNHCR) five-year campaign called ‘Light Years Ahead' is helping to provide lighting and fuel-efficient stoves in African refugee camps to support the livelihoods of the people and improve the safety of women and girls.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Role of Disaster Reduction in Preventing Climate Displacement [viewed]

19 January 2011: A release by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) highlights that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is key to preventing climate displacement. It notes that human displacement spurred by the “domino effect of climate change” is becoming a major preoccupation of the international community, drawing links among the work of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN/ISDR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security [viewed]

UN Security Council23 November 2011: Addressing the UN Security Council debate on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as "daunting challenges" to the maintenance of international peace and security.

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