UN High Commissioner for Refugees Stresses Link Between Climate Change and Forced Displacements

High Commissioner António Guterres opens the 59th annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee 6 October 2008: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

António Guterres told the opening session of his agency's governing Executive

Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-6 October 2006, that

climate change, extreme poverty and conflict are increasingly inter-related,

leading to a surge in forced displacement rising and demands on the UNHCR.


added that an increasing number of people are “on the move… to look for greater

security and better opportunities” as a result of global warming and the greater

incidence of disasters. He explained that spending from the Agency's

Operational Reserve on emergencies increased from $34 to over $87 million

between 2006 and 2007, is expected to be around $150 million for 2008, and

stressed the importance of donor confidence and increased support. [UNHCR Press Release] [The Statement]